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Reablement Care

What Is Reablement Care?

Reablement care, also called intermediate care, is a type of short-term homecare that may be necessary after a hospital stay, accident or an illness to enable you to become independent again. Some people might also refer to reablement care as post-operative or post-surgical care, but these are slightly less specific terms as they don’t suggest an obvious end date, whereas reablement care is specifically aimed at people who will regain their independence after the period of care.

Reablement care usually runs for a maximum of six weeks, although the average is about two, and it consists of support in the home with tasks to increase independence, such as mobility support. An integrated care team will usually be involved with reablement care, meaning professionals from all areas of the NHS and the wider social care team may be involved. This can consist of homecare workers, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and doctors.

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What Are the Benefits of Reablement Care?

Reablement care is beneficial because it sets clear goals for your recovery and means you have a specific aim to work towards. This can also be broken down into smaller goals that you can aim for on a daily or weekly basis meaning you get to see tangible results of your recovery from very early in the process. This can benefit your mental health as well as your physical recovery because you can see for yourself that you are getting better and that you will eventually be able to regain your previous lifestyle, or very near to it.

We can offer reablement care on both a live-in and visiting basis. This means that you can have scheduled homecare visits as often as you require or have one of our carers living in your home with you. With both services you get excellent standards of care from dedicated and compassionate carers, however if you wish to have a carer with you around the clock then live-in care would be more suitable.


Who Is Reablement Care For?

Previously, if you were being discharged from hospital and needed extra support you would most likely have been referred to a care home or been offered ongoing social care at home. Carers would have undertaken tasks for you, rather than encouraging you to be as independent as possible, and attempting to do such tasks for yourself, with support. Now though, the focus is much more on promoting independence and encouraging people to regain the abilities that they had before their accident or illness, which is something that Helping Hands have been advocates of since the very beginning.

We have always encouraged our customers’ independence, and our carers would never ‘take over’ when a customer was able and happy to undertake something for themselves. Our carers are highly trained to be the best supporter our customers can have, but never to limit someone’s independence. If a person you care for is taking longer to carry out a task than they used to it can be tempting to do it for them, however all this achieves is limiting their independence and making them more reliant on someone else than they need to be. Consequently, we should always encourage someone to try something themselves first, while supporting them in any way we can.


Reablement Care at Home

When you talk to us about reablement care, one of our knowledgeable and friendly managers will come to your home to discuss the type of care you need and how we can deliver it. A needs assessment will be carried out which will then form the basis of your support plan, which our carers will work from to ensure you have the best support possible to achieve your recovery goals.

At Helping Hands, we have been supporting people to remain in the home they love since 1989, so you can be confident that we really are the homecare experts. Our carers are passionate about promoting our customers’ independence and we consider that to be the very core of our ethos. We will never limit our customers’ independence for the sake of getting tasks done more quickly; we’d rather wait as long as it takes so that our customers feel a sense of self-achievement. The benefits to someone’s mental health from reaching and bypassing a set goal are enormous and should never be underestimated. Therefore, you can be confident that we will always keep you at the centre of your own care journey and work tirelessly to help you reach your recovery goals.

If you would like to discover more about how we could be supporting you or a loved one with your recovery goals, please contact us today and talk to one of our friendly customer care specialists. They are available seven days a week to advise you on your care options and will happily answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, contact us via our website and we will be happy to call you back.


Page reviewed by Kerry Feltwell, Regional Clinical Lead on April 22, 2021

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