Early supported discharge is a service for people who have had a stroke and who are medically stable and willing to return home early.
Early supported discharge can help people who have had a stroke to regain their independence and to live in their own home. Research has shown that about 50 per cent of patients are suitable for early supported discharge and that they will usually need care for at least six weeks, but this may be extended if necessary. If you are suitable for early supported discharge, you will receive the same level of therapy in your own home as those patients who stay in hospital.
The early supported discharge service involves:
- a specialist stroke team
- rehabilitation plan to suit the needs of the person with stroke
- individual goals set in conjunction with the person with stroke
- support and care provided seven days per week
Early supported discharge can help to prevent people who have had a stroke needing residential care.