We know that most people prefer to be cared for where they live, rather than in hospital. Sometimes a hospital stay is unavoidable, but our integrated community teams support people to return home as soon as they are well enough by providing help and care as needed. We have a wide variety of teams working within the local community, including:
Livewell Southwest’s district and community nurses provide exceptional care to people who are housebound in Plymouth and South Hams. Our community nurses will visit you at home, or at your residential care home; day or night, 365 days a year, ensuring that you get the right care and support, in the right place at the right time. Your health and independence matter to us.
The therapy team provides therapy for adults in a community, rather than clinical, setting. People who use this service will be seen at their home (or care setting) where therapy is considered to be more effective in those settings, or if it supports that person overcome mobility issues. The types of healthcare professionals working within this service include: occupational therapists; speech and language professionals; physios and therapy support workers.
The community cardiac team is made up of specialist nurses, nurse assistants and exercise physiologists. The service is split into two main areas: cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure. The cardiac rehabilitation service is offered free to anyone who has had a recent heart attack, bypass surgery or emergency same-day stent. It is designed to give you all the support you need from discharge through to long-term recovery.
The community crisis response team aims to prevent unnecessary hospital or residential care admissions, promote and support independence, identify any long term needs and support people who are in crisis to remain in their usual place of residence. The service is made up of administrative team and coordinators, paramedics, community support workers, occupational therapists, a physiotherapist, registered general nurses and mental health nurses, social workers and community care workers.