Getting your independence back
After you leave hospital, you may need help for a while before you can manage everyday activities by yourself. As you recover, you will be able to do more and will need less support. If a full recovery is not possible, you can still be independent but may not be able do things in the way you used to and will need to find new ways.
To help with this, the hospital should refer you to a service called Reablement. They will support and assist you for a number of weeks and then help you to decide what, if any, ongoing help you will need.
And if you still need help?
Sadly, some people become so ill that they can't manage safely on their own any more. If this happens to you, you may be able to:
- accept help from others (family, friends or Social Care Home Care Services)
- use Community Alarm / Telecare Services
- move to new accommodation because your current home is physically unsuitable
- move to live with family
- move to a residential care home
- move to a nursing care home
Each choice involves big decisions which cannot be taken lightly. There are financial implications too. If possible, you should discuss the options with the important people in your life and your Care Manager. However, remember that only you know what is best for you, so don't let yourself be pushed into something you're not happy with.
(There are some cases where someone's illness means they are not competent to make some decisions but this applies to a small number of people).
Moving to a Residential or Nursing Care Home
If you can, you should return for a visit or stay at your home for a short time before you move on. This gives you time to say goodbye, sort possessions and put your affairs in order. You may need help to do this.
Making a decision to move, usually to where you think you will receive more care, is a very hard decision and perhaps the most important decision you have had to take.