If you know you are going into hospital, you should start thinking about what will happen when you leave. Some matters that will be particularly important are:
- will you have a key or will there be someone at home to let you in?
- will you have clothes to go home in, shoes and a coat?
- will there be food in the house?
- will the house be warm enough?
- who will you be taking you home?
- have you any close friends, relatives or neighbours who can help you if needed?
If you are admitted to hospital as an emergency case, you will need to consider these matters as soon as you are well enough. It is important that you, or your family or friends, raise any concerns you may have about your discharge from hospital as soon as possible.
If there will be nobody to help when you leave hospital
If you have nobody to help you, let the nursing staff looking after you know about your concerns as soon as possible. With your agreement, and where appropriate, they will refer you to the hospital social work team who can make an assessment of your needs. It is important that you tell them your views and wishes for the future. If you have someone who helps to look after you, their views, with your permission, will also be considered. They will also have the opportunity to have their own needs assessed through a carer's assessment.
You may feel that you are fine to return home but if you get home and find that your are having difficulty coping with tasks around the house or with getting out, you can find a lot of information which can help you in the Staying Independent, Equipment House or Products and Services pages.
If you need further help and advice, contact Birmingham City Council Adult Socal Care Directorate (opens in new window).
Support when you return home
Some people may return home from hospital without support. This may be from adult social care and/or NHS health teams depending on their needs. You could be referred to a reablement service (opens in new window).
This service supports you to undertake everyday living tasks such as cooking and dressing in your own home. The reablement service is intended to provide short-term support only. Your needs will be regularly reviewed and assessed. If you have an eligible (opens in new window) ongoing social care need, your social care practitioner will work with you to produce a support plan.
Unable to return home
If you are unable to return home, even with help, health and/or social care staff will discuss your options with you. You may be eligible for bed-based reablement (opens in new window). This free service allows older people to have a short term stay of up to six weeks in a nursing home setting, after your stay in hospital.
NHS information about leaving hospital (opens in new window)
Information about care after being in hospital from Age UK (opens in new window)
Information about caring for someone coming out of hospital from Carers UK (opens in new window)
Other care and support advice from Birmingham City Council (opens in new window)