Investigating the longer term impact of home care re-ablement services: the organisation and content of home care re-ablement services

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Rabiee, Pervaneh; Glendinning, Caroline; Arksey, Hilary
Date of publication
1 October 2009
Working paper; no. DHR 2377
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
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English local authorities with responsibility for adult services are increasingly developing short-term, specialist home care re-ablement services. Re-ablement is often described as an ‘approach’ or a ‘philosophy’ within home care services – one which aims to help people ‘do things for themselves’, rather than ‘having things done for them’. Home care re-ablement services provide personal care, help with activities of daily living and other practical tasks for a time-limited period, in such a way as to enable users to develop both the confidence and practical skills to carry out these
activities themselves.  This report provides a detailed account of the organisation and content of the five home care re-ablement services involved in the study.

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