Social Care Reablement
Working with you to help retain your independence
People often get in touch with us for the first time after a change in their circumstances (for example, they may have been in hospital and need help to get safely discharged home) or because people think they might need help with things, like getting dressed or washed, or getting around their home.
It might be a fall or an accident that means that you can’t manage things yourself for a while. Perhaps the death of a partner or a problem with a carer has left you struggling to manage on your own for the first time.
We think the best way to deal with this is to help you retain your independence as soon as possible so you can get on with your life. It might mean helping you get the confidence you need to care for yourself on your own or with a little help or to get about more easily, or work with you to enable you to pay bills and manage your money.
We call this ‘reablement’ and you can find out more in our factsheet called FS 59 Social Care Reablement on the factsheets web page: www.devon.gov.uk/factsheets
Social Care Reablement
Social Care Reablement is the name we give to new free service offering short-term support designed to help you recover skills and confidence, so you can retain your independence. By short term support we mean support from a few days to several weeks. The length of the service dependends on your circustances and needs.
- We work together with you to help you rebuild skills and manage tasks on your own.
- We work with you to stay independent for longer and enable you to live at home.
- We support you in obtaining any equipment that can help you stay independent
The Social Care Reablement service will work with you to give you the very best chance for you to manage your own care needs . We will work with you so that you can cope more easily with the important everyday tasks you need for everyday life and to regain your confidence.
Many people who participate in a Social Care Reablement programme find that afterwards they can cope very well on their own, without the need for social care support or with a lot less support than they thought they would need at the beginning of the service. We know that this improves peoples confidence and self esteem and gives them a greater sense of independence that they might otherwise have experienced. It also helps individuals achieve their aim of remaining at home, independently and safe, for as long as possible.
"The reablement worker encouraged me to do it for myself, she watched to see how I managed, let me do what I could, helped with the things I couldn’t and taught me different ways of doing things. It’s different to homecare that went on before... we interact much more together.”
Often, after Social Care Reablement, people find they can manage on their own and don’t need any more help, but others will need some continuing support and therefore towards the end of the reablement offer we will talk with you about your longer term needs, how you can get help in meeting those needs and how we might be able support you with the costs of that help.
last updated 9 November 2010.