West Berkshire Council

Coming out of Hospital

Making sure you get home and recover safely after a stay in hospital

Before you leave, hospital staff should talk to you to work out any difficulties you might face at home when you're discharged. 
Depending on your needs, you might be referred to West Berkshire Council's Maximising Independence Team for an assessment to make sure your return home is safe and timely.

If you're not assessed as eligible for help in this way, you can find further information and sources of support through our Social Care Info Point (SCIP).

Aids and equipment to help you regain independence when you go home

Before you're discharged, the hospital should look at any equipment needs you may have and make arrangements with you for it to be provided. However, when you get home, you may find you need a bit of extra help getting around or doing things for yourself while you recover. 

You can arrange for some aids and equipment for yourself to help you get around.  It may be that you only need a wheelchair or some equipment on a temporary basis - the Social Care Info Point lists providers of temporary equipment that can help with this. 

In some cases, West Berkshire Council might be able to provide Community Alarms and Telecare services to help prevent problems, or get help quickly if they do occur.

Making sure vital electrical equipment isn't cut off

After a hospital stay, you might rely on electrical equipment, such as a home dialysis machine, oxygen concentrator, artificial ventilator, stairlift or adjustable bed on a permanent basis.

By registering yourself on the free Careline Priority Service Register, your electricity company will be aware that you rely on your electricity supply for your equipment. They'll do their utmost to prevent your supply from going off and, if it does, they'll make sure that you get your power back on as a matter of urgency.


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Who To Contact

Our contact centre for Adult Social Care (formerly our 'Access for All' team)

01635 503050