Reablement: a cost-effective route to better outcomes

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Francis, Jennifer; Fisher, Mike; Rutter, Deborah
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 April 2011
Research briefing; 36
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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There is good evidence that reablement improves service outcomes, removing or reducing the need for ongoing standard home care. It is feasible to introduce reablement into daily practice in social services and staff welcome the approach. Studies report a higher cost than traditional home care but indicate a strong probability of longer-term
cost savings in social care.

There is good evidence that reablement improves people’s outcomes, in terms of restoring their ability to perform usual activities and improving their perceived quality of life. There is moderately good evidence that, where the views of people who use services have been collected, they welcome the emphasis on helping them to regain their independence and level of function. This evidence is not as strong as for service or wellbeing outcomes.

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