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Convalescent Care

What is convalescent care?

After surgery, or a debilitating illness many people are discharged from hospital, but need care and support to recover and rebuild at home. This is convalescent care. At the hospital, you may have heard it referred to as intermediate care, reablement, or aftercare.

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What is convalescent care?

After surgery, or a debilitating illness many people are discharged from hospital, but need care and support to recover and rebuild at home. This is convalescent care. At the hospital, you may have heard it referred to as intermediate care, reablement, or aftercare. 

SUPPORT

  • Rehabilitation
  • Recuperation

  • PREVENTION

  • Re-admission
  • Relapse

  • If you have undergone major surgery or an operation, you may not have the mobility or strength to care for yourself once discharged from hospital. A convalescent carer is a short-term, flexible care option, which can help people of any age, recuperate at home.

    How can a convalescent carer help?

    Support to recover independently at home.

    Recovering from illness or injury can be greatly enhanced if it’s in the comfort of your own home. In familiar surroundings, you can find the peace needed to recover quickly. Also, freedom from hospital routines, means family and friends can lend support whenever you choose to have them near.

    Assistance with medications and dressings

    Getting enough rest is key to recovery. A convalescent carer can take the stress out of the routine aspects of care, such as medications, dressing and medical equipment. This can reduce the risk of complications and further hospital admissions, allowing you to concentrate on what’s important – getting better.

    Dignified help with hygiene and bathing

    Daily living tasks can be a temporary challenge during convalescence. At any age, it can be frustrating to need support with the practicalities of bathing and personal hygiene. Knowing you have a carer who understands how to do this with dignity and compassion can reduce any feelings of embarrassment.

    Help with mobility around the home.

    For many people, illness and injury can limit mobility in the short term. Getting around your home can be simple with a carer who can identify trip hazards, or offer suggestions on how to adjust your home to make movement easy.

    Through Curam, finding convalescent care which enables you to live on your terms is simple. Care is flexible, short-term and there for as long as your recovery time requires.

    Find a carer today.

    Who else can support me with convalescent care?

    A convalescent care plan is goal-orientated, with the result being your return to independent living. Before you leave hospital, the discharge co-ordinator will help you access options for care. If you have been discharged and not arranged care, then social services can help.

    Other health services are available to support you:

    • The discharge co-ordinator at the hospital can help arrange care before you leave.
    • Social services can also help with arranging care once discharged from hospital.
    • Your GP will assess your ongoing medical needs.
    • District nurses can assess and help you needs at home.
    • Physiotherapists can provide advice and hands-on guidance for mobility.
    • Social services for assessing mobility aids/ home adjustments.

    Convalescent Care Home

    Depending on the extend of your injury or illness, the availability of carers locally and the suitability of your own home, you may choose temporary residential care.  Private care homes can be found across the UK and are designed to help you recover in the short-term.


    Where can I find more information?


    INFORMAITON & ADVICE

    Carers UK – A charity which supports carers of all ages.

    NHS – Information before you leave hospital.

    GOV.UK – Apply for social services care assessment.

    LOCAL SERVICES

    GOV.uk – Find your local council for care assessment options.

    PEER SUPPORT

    Citizens Advice Bureau – Carers help and support.

    Carers UK – A charity which supports carers of all ages.