Who we are
We are a team of health and social care staff who aim to support people to maintain their independence at home.
We work across Homerton Hospital’s A&E department and wards, and also in people’s homes.
We can help to avoid hospital admission, support people when being discharged from hospital, and work towards rehabilitation goals when at home.
The Integrated Independence Team brings together intermediate care and reablement.
The team is one of the services offered by Adult Social Care in Hackney
What is Intermediate Care?
Intermediate means between two different phases. In this case between being in hospital and being able to be independent enough to manage your own care.
Intermediate care is short term NHS and/or social care support that aims to help you live as independently as possible. Care starts with NHS and/or social care staff looking at:
- what you can do,
- what is causing difficulty
- whether you could overcome diffculties if you were offered specific therapy and support
Intermediate care is normally provided over a short period, usually six weeks or less.
- Professionals from the service will talk to you and agree some goals.
- Then you will agree a care plan together with your family if appropriate.
- The care plan will explain the support you will get from the service.
- Intermediate care normally lasts around six weeks and will then be reviewed.
What is reablement?
Reablement focuses on supporting people to regain their independence, helping them relearn how to do things for themselves rather than having services do things for them.
Reablement services are for people with disabilities and those who are frail or recovering from an illness or injury. The aim is to help people to be able to complete activities like cooking meals, washing and getting about, so they can do things for themselves again, stay independent and live in their own home.
What we do
The Integrated Independence Team joins together these two approached to try to help people be as independent as possible. It also aims to:
- promote independence in the community
- help people manage health needs
- prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
- help people to be able to successfully leave hospital earlier
We can provide appropriate domiciliary support through tailored input dependent on the needs of the service user, for up to 6 weeks. This may include support from:
- independence assistants
- social workers
- nursing and medical input
Any on-going need will be discussed and arranged before the end of our time with the individual we are supporting.
Interpreters available on request
Record Last Updated on: 15/08/2019