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Homeless after leaving hospital

Homeless after leaving hospital

If you cannot return home or don't have anywhere to live after you will be discharged from hospital tell hospital nursing staff as soon as possible. They will ask the hospital discharge team to help if they can.

The discharge team should refer you to the housing advice team at the council, with your consent, if they think you are threatened with homelessness. A Duty to Refer can be completed on our website.

The Housing Options Team will then contact you to complete a housing needs assessment or homeless application depending on your circumstances. We may ask you questions about your physical and mental health, housing history, income and any support or care you may need in order to live independently. This will help us provide you with the best advice and assistance.

We will always try to prevent you from becoming homeless where possible and we will take into account your health needs when assessing whether you are vulnerable and 'priority need'.

If you have a home already but it needs to be adapted, the hospital will refer you for an assessment by an Occupational Therapist as part of a care package. An Occupational Therapist assessment is necessary to inform any adaptations that may be needed. You could get Disabled Facilities Grant assistance

If you feel that you require help with your care and support needs when you leave hospital, you should ask the hospital nursing staff for a social care assessment. You can contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190

Contact Us

The Housing Advice service can provide you with housing and homelessness advice and assistance. Online referral form.

Tel: 0345 605 3010


If you are homeless and the council offices are closed, then you can contact the homelessness out of hours service on 0808 1692 333. You should only use this service if you have nowhere to stay immediately.