You may be referred to Reablement to help you to live independently in your own home when you leave hospital after an operation or illness. Or you may be referred by a social worker or district nurse if you need intensive support at home after an illness or physical injury. You can also make a personal enquiry about using Reablement via the Support and Independence Team. To do this contact Gateway to Care who can give you information about the service.
Reablement gives you the opportunity to regain your independence in your own home. The service is part of a national programme which focuses the care and support provided by Councils on the specific needs of people like you.
We will start by looking at your needs to see if Reablement is right for you. If so, we will agree a plan with you about what you would like achieve to live a more independent life.
Together we will look at what you used to do, and try to find ways of doing as many things as possible for yourself. This may be by finding new ways of doing things, looking at the latest equipment and technology that could assist you, and by offering practical help and encouragement.
Help from Reablement
We will organise a package of care for you, focusing on everyday issues where you need to re-learn skills, or learn new ones, so that you only need to rely on other people if necessary. Things such as personal care; washing and dressing; helping with memory problems; laundry, cooking and shopping; advice on home safety; and getting into the habit of taking prescribed medication regularly and on time.
We'll also help you to use equipment to assist you to be more independent, and we can involve your carer or family so they can help you to remain independent after Reablement has finished.
As you become more independent over the weeks, we will adjust the support we give you. We will usually work with you for up to six weeks, but it could be more or less depending on when you achieve the things in your plan.
We hope that when Reablement ends you will not require any further help but if you do need ongoing support we will offer you guidance. If you are eligible you may be entitled to a Personal Budget to help you choose the support that is right for you.