You will be referred to hospital if your doctor thinks you would benefit from time in hospital to undergo assessment of your condition or for rehabilitation.
Acute services for older persons are based at Wellington Hospital and services for older persons requiring ongoing care in hospital are based at Kenepuru Community Hospital. There is a specialist rehabilitation ward at Kenepuru Community Hospital for people recovering from a stroke or other neurological condition as well as areas dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of older people who have broken bones (known as ortho-geriatrics)
The time you spend on the ward will depend on your condition and if you would benefit from rehabilitation. Rehabilitation helps restore and relearn lost abilities. You will be expected to do as much for yourself and be as independent as you can.
During your time in hospital the team will work with you and your whanau to plan your discharge to ensure you have the support and equipment to keep you safe. This may include a visit home with a therapist or visits after your discharge from the AWHI team to make sure you are managing. If you require ongoing support will be referred to the community team.