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What is Home First?

When your medical treatment is finished, the best place for you to recover is at home. This is known as the Home First approach.

Home First brings together different types of support to allow you to recover at home. This will help to maintain your independence.  Once hospital treatment is complete, the best place to recover is at home. Being at home reduces risk of deconditioning from spending too much time in bed.

Did you know?

  • That three weeks in bed reduces fitness by the same amount of 30 years of aging? 
  • Every day of complete rest can mean losing 5% muscle strength?
  • That going home removes the risk of hospital acquired infections?

Learn more about Home first at NHS Inform


Doing as much of your daily routine as possible is vital to aid your recovery, maintain muscle strength and improve your mental health after undergoing treatment in a hospital.