This can mean many things in a variety of contexts which I have seen in my experience:

Mental health example, running a stress and anxiety group in the community

  • Whilst the service users had been identified to support them with ways of managing their stress and anxiety to aid there recovery in the community, also from the first session within the group we would be looking at where the service users could go beyond this, be it other group or support/peer groups/clubs, and other activities to aid there recovery, but also to address the transition as to not build a dependency on the group so they have something when it ends.

Mental health example, returning home from hospital

  • Prior to discharge is to path the way ahead for an environment that encourages recovery and makes for a smooth transition for the service user to reducing the chances of them returning. Be it accommodation, skills required such as self care/managing everyday life such as cooking and budgeting, or a level of support required that the service user is able to live in their own home/community e.g.: sheltered accommodation/rehabilitation centre.
  • Once home, is to have everything in place, support if required, community health team, but that there is a framework in place so that the service user has the quality of life to live independently with the parameters of the support required so they have a level of stability.

Physical example, service user returning home

There recovery would be the same about, but that all barriers posed by the service users physical condition are address to facilitate recovery, so any adaption’s support mobility or the living space, so that they are able to retain a level of independence similar to prior to being admitted.