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Going in and coming out of hospital

Hospital admissions can be planned or they can be emergencies.  This area of the website aims to help with some of the uncertainties and anxieties you might face before, during and after your hospital stay. It suggests ways you can plan ahead for when you return home. It also includes information on what to expect from professionals working in the hospital and in the community.


Support at Home after Hospital

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove in partnership with Guild Care and Carers Support West Sussex provide a Support at Home after Hospital service for older people who live alone and family and friend carers living in West Sussex to help recovery after a hospital stay.

This service is for:

  • People aged 65+ 
  • Older people living alone
  • Family or friend carers aged 18+ who have been in hospital themselves
  • Family  or friend carers aged 18+ who are caring for someone who has just come out of hospital
  • If you are due to be discharged or you have just returned from hospital

Support at Home after Hospital will provide a volunteer to visit you in your home for up to six weeks to support you while you regain your confidence and independence. Some of the ways the volunteer could help you with include:

  • Visiting you for a chat
  • Carrying out small practical tasks in and outside the home
  • Helping you get your prescriptions and shopping
  • Supporting you to attend your hospital or doctor's appointments
  • Helping you with your caring role, for example, staying with the person you care for while you go out
  • Providing information on other services and liaising on your behalf
  • Helping with finances, paper work and benefits entitlements.

There is no charge for this service.

Please note the service is unable to provide assistance with personal care, wound dressing, lifting, counselling, and administering medication. You can, however, be supported to find the assistance you require. Although emergency shopping cannot be provided, the service can pick up essential items while supporting you to find a shopping service that meets your needs.

How to contact Support at Home after Hospital

To arrange this service, please contact Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove or you can ask a hospital ward nurse, social worker, GP, friend or relative to contact them on your behalf.

Please contact:

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Suite 2, First Floor, Anchor Springs
Littlehampton, BN17 6BP

Phone: 01903 717130

Email: supportathomeafterhospital@ageukwsbh.org.uk

Website: ageuk.org.uk/westsussexbrightonhove/our-services/home-from-hospital/

Last updated: 07 April 2022

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