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A free service for older people with no one to help them when they return home from an unplanned hospital stay.

Support is also available for relatives of hospital patients

How we can help

The aim of the service is to prevent vulnerable people returning to hospital, to boost confidence and physical and mental well-being.

Following a home visit by our Home from Hospital Co-ordinator we aim to find a volunteer that can provide practical support, work to rebuild confidence and reduce the risk of isolation. All our volunteers have a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate.

We offer up to 6 weeks free practical support after discharge from hospital for residents living in West Sussex.

We can assist with these tasks -

Our Home from Hospital Staff and Volunteers can assist you with tasks such as -

  • Collect prescriptions and shopping
  • Prepare a light snack
  • Accompany you to a hospital or doctor’s appointment
  • Provide information on other services or equipment you need
  • Pop in for a chat
  • Assist with finances/paperwork through our information services
  • Liaise with a wide range of other services on your behalf
  • Help with a pet
  • Return library books
  • Light Housework

The service is unable to provide -

  • Assistance with personal care
  • Dressing wounds
  • Lifting clients
  • Counselling

How much does it cost?

The Home from Hospital service is a free service for up to six weeks.

Age UK Horsham District, Age UK West Sussex and Guild Care (Adur & Worthing) are working in partnership to deliver a countywide 'Home from Hospital' service for people living within West Sussex (the service is funded by West Sussex County Council).

How can I make a referral?

You can do this yourself by calling or emailing us (details below) or you can ask a ward nurse, social worker, GP, friend or relative to contact us on your behalf.

Could you volunteer?

We rely on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Can you please lend a hand?

See more information on volunteering for us

Contact us for more information

Telephone: 01403 260 560