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Older people are missing out on services to support independence

Posted on 28/09/2012

Levels of intermediate care would need to more than double to meet demand, according to an article written by Tristan Donovan for the website Community Care. Talking about the findings of a national audit which has identified that thousands of older people are missing out on support to regain or maintain independence because of a lack of intermediate care services.

The report also found that people with dementia were under represented among service users and that care home residents were "infrequent users of intermediate care.

The NHS Benchmarking network have recommended a review of arrangements to ensure that intermediate care is considered before patients are admitted to acute services or long-term care.

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