You may be referred to Reablement to help you to live independently in your own home. This usually happens when you leave hospital after an operation or illness.

You can also be referred by a social worker or district nurse. This is usually 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 chance to regain your independence in your own home. This service is part of a national programme. It focuses the care and support, provided by Councils, on the specific needs of people like you.

To watch a video and see how this service may be right for you, visit: Reablement Services Animation .

First steps

We will start by looking at your needs to see if Reablement is right for you. If it is, we agree a plan with you about what you need to live a more independent life.

Together we will look at what you used to do. Then we will find ways of doing as many things as possible for yourself. This can be:

  • finding new ways to do things;
  • looking at the latest equipment and technology to could assist you;
  • offering practical help and encouragement.

Help from Reablement

We will organise a package of care for you. This will focus on everyday issues where you need to re-learn skills, or learn new ones. This will mean that you do not need to rely on other as much. Things like personal care; washing and dressing; helping with memory problems; laundry, cooking and shopping and advice on home safety. Also, to get into the habit of taking prescribed medicines regularly and on time.

We will also help you to use equipment to assist you to be more independent. We can involve your carer or family, so they can help you to stay independent after Reablement has ended.

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. It could be more or less, depending on when you achieve the goal in your plan.

After Reablement

We hope when Reablement ends that you will not require further help. If you do need ongoing support, we will offer you guidance. If eligible, you may be entitled to a Personal Budget . This helps you to be able to choose the support that is right for you.


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