Reablement services

What is reablement?

After you’ve had an accident or a bad 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 works on everyday living skills like:

  • washing and dressing
  • toileting
  • preparing meals

It might mean that you need less help in the future. 

What does it involve?

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 happens in your home. The team don’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 how well you are doing and change your goals if necessary.

How do I get reablement?

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 social services are not helping, you can still get reablement. Some companies have care workers who can give you this service. You will need to organise it yourself and it will cost more.

What happens after reablement ends?

After the 6 weeks is over, you may not need any more help.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 social services, or you might have to organise it yourself.

Please see the reablement factsheet for further information.