Help after leaving hospital

BSL Support

If you are due to or have been discharged from hospital following an illness or operation, you might need support with:

  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Washing and dressing
  • Toileting
  • Preparing a hot meal or drink or
  • Equipment to help you become more independent.

If you have been admitted to a ward and you or the ward staff feel that you will find it difficult to manage at home without some help:

  • A Social Care Practitioner from the Hospital Social Work Service will assess you before you go home
  • You may be referred to the Occupational Therapist for that ward for assessment and they can support your safe discharge home and may provide you with equipment.

The Integrated Discharge Hub (IDH)

The IDH:

  • Will carry out an assessment with all Newham residents who are in hospital (except for those customers who are in a Mental Health Hospital)
  • Will look at the support you may need with you and the medical team looking after you, to ensure you return home safely
  • Recognises the role of carers in providing support to people with health problems.

Please ask the Nurse in Charge of your care to refer you through to the Service. 

After the assessment we:

  • Will identify and agree your needs with you
  • Discuss the help and support available to meet them
  • According to the seriousness of your situation we may recommend a period of enablement to help you regain your independence.

Additional support

Equipment and Assistive Technology

You may benefit from equipment or Assistive Technology to help you with your recovery. Most hospitals will arrange equipment that is essential to get you home safely however you may need further equipment once you are at home.

Care worker

If you don't qualify for a care package from Adult Social Care you could arrange to employ a care worker privately through a Home Care Agency.

Remember to take care to choose one that is registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can find registered care agencies on their website.