About Care Closer to Home

Care Closer to Home is a “new model of care” that involves a shift from hospital-based care to home-based care. It is also called Care at Home, Hospital at Home and other similar names. Following assessment, a hospital inpatient who might previously have been kept in hospital is discharged to receive further care in a home setting (usually the patient’s own home but sometimes the home of a relative or friend). Upon discharge, the patient is allocated a home-care package. This can include both nursing/medical care (provided by community and district nurses, healthcare assistants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, etc.) and personal care (support with e.g. going to the toilet, washing, dressing and eating).