Overview of Reablement

The Reablement service is a short term goal focused service for up to 6 weeks that assists people who have suffered a deterioration in physical health, to develop both in confidence and practical skills to maximum independence.

Reablement philosophy

Fundamental to the objective of this service is the principle of helping people to support themselves. Reablement can be described as a ‘philosophy’ which aims to help people ‘do things for themselves’, rather than ‘having things done for them’.

Reablement requires a shift in mind set and approach to ensure people maximise their independence, appropriately minimise their need for ongoing care / support, and explore how best to support any underlying needs. It provides personal care through help with activities of daily living and other practical tasks for a time-limited period.

There is a clear evidence base to show that most people want to regain and retain their maximum level of independence for as long as possible, and that Reablement can result in significant benefits for most people who undertake a phase of support.

The objective of Reablement is to support people to establish or re-establish their ability to live in the community in a sustainable way.  

The Reablement service can be defined as:

  • The process of achieving or re-establishing the ability of an individual to live independently in the community in a sustainable way.
  • Person-centred with agreed individual goals and outcomes expressed in a personal Reablement support plan; reviewed regularly through the Reablement period with new goals set and inputs adjusted as progress is made.
  • A balance of achieving activities of daily living skills support and independence in the longer term.
  • Available to individuals no longer coping at home and to people being discharged from hospital after illness or injury (facilitating timely discharge).
  • Preventing inappropriate hospital admission/re-admission.
  • A short-term outcome focused service lasting up to 6 weeks.
  • Identifying risks or hazards and reducing/managing them appropriately.
  • Reducing the effects of ill health/disability and their impact on services and/or carers.
  • A service that, in addition to Reablement workers, may involve liaison with a range of other professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, district nurses, community psychiatric nurses ( CPNs).
  • Provided in people’s own homes which may include sheltered or extra-care housing.
  • Services are developed to meet individual outcomes with the participation of the Service User and, where appropriate, their family or other representative.

The service will include and positively promote the use of assistive technology, telecare equipment and other aids for independent living to deliver the Reablement service.

The Provider will also signpost to other agencies and resources in the community as appropriate to ensure that the Service User has the opportunity to access their community and maximise independent living in the long term.

The Reablement Service is provided by our RIACT team which has Social Care staff working closely with Intermediate Care health colleagues to ensure that together they plan and deliver your support.

The team can be contacted to arrange an assessment on 01325 342111.

Who is not suitable for Reablement?

Individuals must have only short term physical needs, those with permanent, long term needs or those that are in the de-selection criteria should contact:

Adults Social Care First Point of Contact Team: 01325 406111

The de-selection criteria is as follows:

  • long term care needs
  • late stage / severe dementia
  • profound learning disability
  • in receipt of end of life care
  • requiring hoisting
  • non weight bearing
  • unable/unwilling to follow a time limited, goal focused reablement plan
  • resident outside of Darlington