Making the move to delivering reablement

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 March 2012
At a glance; 56
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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This At a glance briefing summarises research and practice evidence about reablement. It explains how to move from a traditional home care service to a new reablement service. However, it can also be used by service managers who want to continue to provide a traditional home care service but in a more ‘reabling’ way. This is particularly important when providing care to people who have ongoing needs after a period of reablement. If the long-term care provider cannot deliver support in a ‘reabling’ way the individual is likely to lose any progress made during reablement.

Reablement focuses on helping an individual gain independence and better functioning rather than resolving their healthcare issues. The aim is to help people do things for themselves rather than the traditional home care approach of doing things for them. Reablement is key because people receiving the service appear to welcome it, and it represents an investment that may produce savings

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