Reviewing patient journeys through Intermediate Care and Reablement

27 February 2015

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“Which combination of bed-based and home-based intermediate care and reablement services will be most effective?”

Older people, particularly those with frailty and complex needs, require integrated and responsive systems of care. Intermediate care is an important transitional phase in many older people’s journeys of care and represents both unique opportunities and unique challenges in this respect. 

The National Audit of Intermediate Care 2014 highlighted that overall the outcomes for patients using these services are good. The report also emphasised that considerable expansion of intermediate care capacity is required to meet the needs of our ageing population, but did not make specific recommendations regarding service configuration.  

A vital question therefore remains to be answered for both commissioners and providers, namely: “Which combination of bed-based and home-based intermediate care and reablement services will be most effective in supporting older people’s functional ability and thus maximising their independence and quality of life?”  

This project aimed to answer this important question for one CCG and thus inform the design of a key component of a developing ‘integrated older people’s pathway’ in their area.

A summary of the project is avalable here.