Help to settle back into your home when you return from hospital

You and your family may worry about how you will cope when you return home from hospital. The Haringey Home from Hospital service will be able to help you if you’re over 50 and are worried about basic things like:

  • Making sure electricity key meters, gas meters are topped up
  • Making sure the heating and hot water system are operating properly
  • Open and close windows to air the place
  • Buying some food shopping to settle in

Please make sure you ask the Ward Manager or Deputy ward manager to refer you on to Haringey Home from Hospital to help settle you in on the day of your return home.

Haringey Home from Hospital Service

The Haringey Home from Hospital service (the service) is provided by the Bridge Renewal Trust. The service provides practical and emotional support to patients aged over 50 years old to return home safely from hospital on discharge. The service accompanies the patient home and provides up to three home visits for up to four weeks after discharge to prevent unnecessary re-admissions.

How to make referrals or contact the Home from Hospital Service

The service works closely with the Whittington and North Middlesex Hospital discharge teams, occupational therapists and social workers to identify eligible patients who can benefit from the service. Clients can be referred into the service through a number of routes, Hospital discharge or as part of a period of reablement, GPs, social services or community health services, Integrated health and social care projects, and Self-referral or family referral.

For more information you can download the Haringey Home from Hospital Patient Brochure (PDF, 544KB) and the Home from Hospital Referral Form - Hospital Patients (PDF, 96KB).

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Home support

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Recovering your independence and getting stronger and more confident with life at home

The Haringey Reablement Service is a therapy led service. If the hospital refers you to this service, you will be allocated an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. They will assess you in your home and work with you on a program to aid your recovery and confidence. This will include daily tasks like Washing and Dressing, Indoor and outdoor mobility, getting confident on the stair, preparing a meal for yourself, and other normal activities where you may feel less able than you were before.

Discharge to assess

Discharge to assess (D2A) means funding and supporting you to leave hospital, when safe and appropriate to do so. We will continue your care and assessment out of hospital. You can then be assessed for your longer-term needs at home.

In the past, a lot of life-affecting decisions were made in Hospital. People had not fully recovered their strength and abilities following illness. Many patients were seen as less able than they could be with the right support and recovery. Long-term decisions were made at a time of crisis or before full recovery.

By taking you home under Discharge to assess, we ensure that you get the full chance to recover. Sometimes you may go to a residential care home for a couple of weeks. This allows you the opportunity to convalesce to better health before deciding to change where you will live, or how much care you need in the long term. Once you have left hospital, we come and assess you rapidly at home and work with you using the Reablement Team to make sure you get the most independence possible. Then we make an enduring decision about what your needs are for the long-term future.

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When home is not the right place anymore

Sometimes, people enter hospital after a long time of struggling at home. We encourage people to return home with care support. Most people want to remain in their own homes. It is best to try this, with extra support if you need it to make this safe and sustainable.

Unfortunately, sometimes an individual or their family may feel that this has been tried and it is time to consider living elsewhere where there is care support available all day. If you ask the hospital Ward Manager or Deputy Manager to refer you to us, we will assess you and work with you to establish which alternatives would be most suited to your needs.

Extra Care

Extra Care scheme are warden supervised independent flats for people over 55. The blocks have 24 hour staff on site to support you. To be eligible, you need a paid carer for at least 14 hours a week. This option allows you to retain your independence as you are allocated your own flat with all the facilities you would have in a normal flat.

Care Home

If you or your family feel that Residential Care or a Nursing Home are the best option, the hospital Ward Manager can refer you to us and you will be allocated a Social Worker who will assess and support you to make a decision.

If you receive council funded care at home, go to Extra Care or a care home, you will have a financial assessment as well as a Care Assessment as you may be expected to contribute to the costs of this. We will explain this all to you when we assess you.

Other Support

Hospices provide care specifically for terminally ill people and give support to their carers both in the hospice and at home. Admission is arranged through your doctor or hospital consultant.

The adult social care directory Haricare (external link) has details of a number of private nursing services, hospices and other organisations that can offer help and support. Support available includes helping you to cope with end of life, life limited illnesses, bereavement and funerals.

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Page last updated:

12 April 2021