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Reablement and recovery

What is Reablement and recovery?

Reablement is short-term support to help people get their lives back on track and retain or regain daily living skills following an illness, injury, hospital stay or a crisis. The focus of reablement is on restoring the ability to manage independently at home rather than on resolving health issues. Reablement can build confidence and reduce the need for longer-term care and support.

How does reablement help?

Unlike traditional care, where carers do things for you, reablement support assistants work with you to help you learn or re-learn the skills you need to look after yourself. There are many reasons why you may need that bit of extra help, such as after:

  • an illness
  • a stay in hospital
  • an accident, injury or fall
  • a bereavement
  • a general deterioration in your ability to manage.

If you live in your own home and have recently had difficulty carrying out daily living activities, such as washing, getting dressed, walking around your home, getting out and about or making hot drinks and meals, some reablement support might help you.

What can I do to help my own recovery?

If you know you are going into hospital, plan ahead and think about what will happen when you return home. Read the Going into and coming out of hospital section for some things to consider.

Have a positive approach to working towards recovery. Set yourself goals and try to do a bit more each day.

Don’t lose touch with your informal network of support. Friends and family may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear to help you get back to living well. Local organisations in West Sussex are also there to help you. Trying visiting Local activities and groups to see what support is available near you.

How can I support someone else’s recovery?

Encourage the person you care for to practise new skills and recover physically. This sometimes means stepping back and giving them the time, encouragement, and space to do things for themselves, even when you want to help them.

Motivation is a key to success. Maintain enthusiasm by making sure any goals are achievable and reminding the person how much they will enjoy regaining certain skills.

Regaining Independence Service

Reablement support assistants from the Regaining Independence Service can work with you and West Sussex County Council’s occupational therapy team to agree goals for you in your own home and support you to achieve them. Reablement support assistants will visit you at home at agreed times to assist you in achieving your goals. These services are free for up to six weeks.

Community connectors

Community connectors are available for up to twelve sessions through West Sussex County Council day centres to help you regain your independence and access support within the wider local community, such as using public transport or joining a community group, These services are free for up to 12 sessions as long as you are taking part and making progress. To be referred, phone West Sussex County Council’s Adults’ CarePoint on 01243 642121

Further Information

If you are going into hospital, another service that could help is Home from Hospital. Home from Hospital offers up to six weeks of practical support (such as shopping, light cleaning, home visits), after discharge from hospital in West Sussex. For further information, see Going into and coming out of hospital page.

An important part of recovery can be taking part in hobbies and social activities, seeing friends or walking to the local shop for a daily paper. Trying visiting Local activities and groups to see what support might be available near you.

To find out more about equipment and telecare that might help you maintain your independence see Equipment and Telecare

Last reviewed: 11/02/2019

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