The reablement service

The reablement service

After you’ve had an accident or an illness or been in hospital, or because of a long-term disability or health condition, it can be harder for you to manage in your own home.

Reablement is intensive short-term support to help people to relearn daily skills and regain confidence to live independently. Daily skills could include preparing meals, washing, dressing and toileting. It might mean that you need less help in the future.

The reablement team will talk to you about:

  • what you want to be able to do in the future
  • what goals you need to work on, for example getting in and out of the bath, or walking to the shops
  • how they are going to help you with those goals

Reablement takes place in your home. The team doesn’t do things for you; they help you do things for yourself. It takes about 3 to 6 weeks but can be shorter, depending on how well you are doing. The team will check your progress and change your goals if necessary.

As part of the assessment process, you will have the chance to talk to a care manager about your needs. If the care manager agrees you need reablement, they will arrange it for you.

If we are not helping to support you, you can still get reablement. Some companies have care workers who can give you this service. You will need to organise and pay for it yourself.

After the 6 weeks is over, you may not need any more help but if you still need help, we will talk to you about your needs and about what your choices are. Depending on your needs, you might be able to get more help from us, or you might have to organise it yourself.

There is no charge for up to six weeks reablement. There may be a charge for any on-going support depending on your circumstances and we will talk to you about this when you contact us.

For more information call Bromley Social Services Direct,
telephone: 020 8461 7777
or email: bromleysocialservices@bromley.gov.uk