Reablement and rehabilitation

Reablement is often described as ‘helping people to do for themselves rather than doing it to or for them’. It is short term, intensive support that enables people to optimise their independence.

Dorset County Council’s reablement service provides practical and emotional assistance to people who are at risk of not being able to remain independently in their own home because of frailty, disability or illness. The service is provided by the Community Support Service.

The aim of reablement is to maximise independence, choice and quality of life, and reduce the need for support in the future.

Borough of Poole is looking to commence a new reablement service in the near future. This will be a short-term service designed to help people who have had a crisis (like a fall or spell in hospital) to regain the confidence and skills to live independently, so they can help themselves and continue to stay in their own home.

If you live in Bournemouth, are aged 65 or over, and qualify for adult social care, reablement may be one of the services you are offered. Reablement can support you to become independent after a fall or illness, or if you get to the stage when you feel you cannot manage without support. Staff work with you for a short time to regain skills and confidence to achieve manageable goals. They offer advice and information, make sure you have the right equipment, suggest daily living aids that might help you, and let you know about other sources of support.

The aim of rehabilitation is to maintain or increase your independence and allow you to live in your own home for as long as possible. You will be supported with the provision of short-term care support and/or therapeutic intervention for example physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

The assessment is carried out by multi-disciplinary teams of health and in some areas, social care staff. (These are joint teams with reablement services and social care
staff.) The intermediate care services will promote your health and well-being and can help to prevent falls at home. The service also aims to reduce admission to hospital by providing a rapid response to you at home. In addition, the service can enable you to be discharged home from hospital earlier by providing care support and intensive rehabilitation in your own home. The service helps prevent unnecessary or premature admission to long-term residential and nursing care.

A discharge or a care plan for any future care needs will be discussed with you and you will be given details on how you can receive help to set up on-going care arrangements. The service may last for a number of weeks and during this assessment period, intermediate care is free of charge. When this is completed a care plan for your future care needs will be discussed and you will be given details on how you can receive help to set up on going care arrangements.