Reablement: a key role for occupational therapists

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Publisher
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Series
At a glance; 46
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This At a glance briefing summarises research and practice evidence about reablement and explains the contribution that occupational therapists make to reablement services. It provides four case study examples of the different ways that occupational therapists are supporting or leading existing reablement teams.

The focus of reablement is on restoring independent functioning rather than resolving health care issues. The objective is to help people do things for themselves rather than the conventional home care approach of doing things for people. Reablement is key because it appears to be welcomed by people receiving the service, and represents an investment
that may produce savings.

Research on reablement has examined whether it is a better approach to supporting people than conventional home care. Key questions are whether greater outcomes can be achieved, and for whom, and whether savings can be made through investment in reablement.

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