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The Home from Hospital service is in place to help support older people who have returned home after a stay in hospital.

It is a temporary service designed to support with everyday tasks until the client feels able to cope on their own again.

The aim of the service is to provide a short-term support service (up to 4 weeks) to people aged 65 and above being discharged from hospital to enable a timely discharge and to ensure where possible individuals are not readmitted to hospital.

The service is available through the Royal United Hospital, Bath for people living in West Wiltshire, the Great Western Hospital, Swindon for people living in North Wiltshire and Salisbury District Hospital for people living in the SP1 - SP5 postcode areas. 

We provide practical support within the limitations of the service, which may include troubleshooting immediate needs such as medication (liaising with hospital/GP); equipment (through appropriate personnel); collecting a prescription; essential shopping; light household tasks; referring to other Age UK Wiltshire services.

We support our clients to obtain a long-term and sustainable solution to manage practical tasks rather than creating a reliance on our services.

Accessing the service: This service is available through the discharge teams at either RUH, GWH or Salisbury District Hospital.

If you feel this service is appropriate for you or a member of your family please speak to a member of staff on your ward before you come out of hospital.

What if I'm not eligible or want another similar service?

Useful links

Useful information guides

Age UK produce a range of useful information guides and factsheets that can be viewed and downloaded from the Age UK website:

Your hospital stay

Home safety checker

Getting help at home

Advice for carers

All Age UK guides and factsheets

Alternatively you can order hard copies by phoning Age UK's national advice line on 0800 169 65 65.