Intermediate Care of Older People by Siân Wade

By Siân Wade

Intermediate care has turn into a buzzword inside health and wellbeing and social care during the last few years. visible because the panacea for a few woes, relatively for older humans, intermediate care has been held up as a fashion ahead inside modern overall healthiness and social care.This textual content explores intimately what's understood by means of the concept that of intermediate care and, particularly, ways that the desires of older humans might be most sensible met through this new diversity of providers. preliminary dialogue centres at the idea of intermediate care and the explanations for its improvement. this can be through a precis of the variety of intermediate care prone which were constructed, with a dialogue of a few of the confusion that surrounds the concept.The debate then strikes directly to centre on older humans, discussing first why older humans have turn out to be perceived as one of many major consumer teams that can make the most of intermediate care, after which how intermediate care can be constructed to higher serve their wishes. an outline of getting older and the individuality of older humans is then supplied, through an exploration of a few of the demanding situations confronted by means of older humans inside society - and the way this has prolonged into the supply of well-being and social care.

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Similarly, it is not clear how well developed or intense rehabilitation will be within these services and schemes. However, they increasingly have the potential to provide the rehabilitation needs of the more stable older person, with rapid access to emergency or specialist care as needed (see below), so long as medical and therapy input is consistent and does not become ‘patchy’.

The history of intermediate care begins with rehabilitation, care of older people and community services. If intermediate care is to be further embraced, history rather than nostalgia should be reflected in intermediate care definitions, to inspire the future rather than relive the past. The potential of intermediate care to meet some of the health and social care needs of older people is explored further in the next chapter. Spotlight on intermediate care: a deeper analysis 35 KEY POINTS • There is a range of service models or schemes that come under the umbrella of intermediate care.

The re-emphasis of attention on a collaborative and rehabilitative model of care within intermediate care would suggest that the motives behind intermediate care are to provide older people with the opportunity to benefit from rehabilitation in a timely and responsive way, thus increasing their independence and reducing the need for institutional care or costly/intensive home care. The benefits of rehabilitation have been poignantly described by the Royal Commission Report (1998) which suggests that a 1 per cent decrease in age-specific dependency rates would almost halve the costs of long-term care between 1995 and 2051.

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