Intermediate Care in the Community

What does it do?

The aim of intermediate care services is to promote the independence of adults aged 18 and above, living in Lancashire, who are struggling at home and are assessed as requiring intermediate care services and are:

  • physically frail
  • disabled
  • recovering from recent illness or injury

Intermediate care involves:

an assessment of the difficulties a person is experiencing in carrying out daily tasks such as washing and dressing, using the toilet, preparing meals, and general mobility problems such as walking, getting in and out of bed and climbing stairs; followed by:
an individual programme of therapy and exercises designed by occupational therapists and physiotherapists to assist the person back to improved health and quality of life.

Rehabilitation is a part of intermediate care and aims to support by:

rebuilding your confidence in doing everyday activities
teaching you new skills to help manage at home
helping you to stay out of hospital or permanent residential or nursing care, unless this is really the right choice for you

Who it is for?

Intermediate care can help people who, after illness or injury, or because of a longstanding medical condition, need help to manage at home. It can also help those who have begun to consider moving into long-term residential or nursing home care. Some people who are already in residential or nursing home care may decide that they could live independently in their own home, or in sheltered housing, but need help to make the move.

Where it is available?

Local service (Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre, Burnley, Chorley, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale).

How to access or apply for it:

For further information call: 0845 053 0009
or Email:

Additional information:

Opening times are: 8.45am - 5.00pm


Info last updated:

County Hall, Fishergate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8XJ