What is Intermediate Care?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

What is Intermediate Care?

Definition of Intermediate Care

Intermediate care refers to short-term support provided to patients, usually after leaving the hospital. Its aim is to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, support timely discharge, and enable patients to regain independence and functionality.

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Types of Intermediate Care

  1. Home-Based Care: Care provided at the patient’s home, including nursing, therapy, or support with daily activities.
  2. Bed-Based Care: Offered in a care facility, such as a nursing home or community hospital, for those who need more intensive support.
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Duration of Intermediate Care

Intermediate care is typically provided for a limited period, often up to six weeks, depending on the individual’s needs and recovery progress.

Purpose of Intermediate Care

  1. Recovery: Aids in recovering from an illness or operation.
  2. Preventing Hospital Admission: Helps in managing conditions at home to avoid hospitalization.
  3. Promoting Independence: Supports individuals in regaining skills and confidence to live independently.

Who Provides Intermediate Care?

It is provided by a team of health and care professionals, including nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, speech), social workers, and support staff.

Eligibility for Intermediate Care

Eligibility varies but generally includes those recently discharged from the hospital or at risk of being hospitalized. It often focuses on older adults but can include others needing short-term support.

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Examples of Intermediate Care Services

  1. Physical Therapy: For a patient recovering from a hip replacement.
  2. Occupational Therapy: Assisting someone in regaining kitchen skills after a stroke.
  3. Nursing Care: Wound care management for a patient discharged from the hospital.


Intermediate care plays a vital role in the healthcare continuum, bridging the gap between hospital and home and focusing on rehabilitation and independence. It is a critical service for those in transition, particularly the elderly, aiding in a smoother recovery and better quality of life. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be in intermediate care?

Intermediate care units are intended to offer a level of care between the ICU and the general ward. They are not meant for long-term care. They may be an independent unit or a designated section within an ICU.

What are intermediate care services?

Intermediate care services aim to prevent hospitalization or residential care by assisting patients, usually older people, who have been discharged from the hospital or are at risk of being admitted.

What is intermediate care NHS?

If you or someone you know has recently been hospitalized, fallen ill, or suffered an injury, temporary care may be necessary to assist with recovery and maintain independence. This type of care is often referred to as intermediate care or aftercare.

What is intermediate care rehabilitation?

Intermediate care is a range of services prioritizing prevention, rehabilitation, reablement, and recovery. These services can serve as an alternative to hospitalization and offer additional assistance following a hospital discharge.

What is bed-based intermediate care?

Step Up Community Bed-based Intermediate Care cares for patients at risk of hospital admission in a bed-based setting. This includes patients in their last years or months but not their last days. The aim is to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

How long do you stay in intermediate care?

We plan to shorten the stay in intermediate care and rapid response teams to a maximum of 2 weeks instead of 6. Additionally, we will increase the number of beds available for HMR residents through virtual and intermediate care options. Lastly, we will introduce a GP-led service that prioritizes rehabilitation and re-enablement.

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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