Reablement services help people learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living that may have been lost through deterioration in health or a change in circumstances

This short video explains what to expect if Reablement has been recommended for you. 

Adults’ Health and Care Reablement Services (BSL version)

About reablement

Sometimes, due to an accident, illness or growing older, you may find you struggle with daily activities or feel unsafe in your home.

Reablement is designed to help you regain the ability and confidence to do some or all the things you used to. This could be cooking for yourself, bathing without help or getting to the shops.

Reablement will help you get to the point where you can look after yourself better and remain independent in your own home for longer. It’s not about doing things for you. It’s about giving you the skills and confidence to get back to doing everyday tasks and activities yourself - in a way that is realistic and safe.

Reablement in your home

If you need help at home because:

  • you have become unwell
  • you will need to go to hospital if you do not receive help
  • you suffer from a condition that makes it difficult for you to cope at home
  • you or the people who support you, are struggling to manage your care needs
  • you have recently been discharged from hospital
  • you want to stay at home and try to be more independent

Contact Adults’ Health and Care because we may be able to offer you support and help.

You can also find information and services to help you manage at home and to stay independent on the Connect to Support Hampshire website.

What happens when you call us

We will discuss your situation with you over the phone to get a picture of your needs. One of our assessors may then come to visit you. This might be a social worker or another professional, such as an occupational therapist. You may be visited by more than one person depending on your needs. The assessors may come from Adults' Health and Care department or one of our partner agencies.

Depending on the outcome of your assessment and your own goals and preferences, we may provide support such as:

  • equipment in your own home
  • a short period of community support in your home
  • an exercise programme to help with your rehabilitation

The aim will always be to help you to maintain or regain as much independence as possible.

N.B. The Reablement team are unable to:

  • carry out domestic duties, other than where hygiene is an issue
  • undertake any nursing procedures
  • help with medication that has not been prescribed or has been taken out of the original packaging.

Reablement for people leaving hospital

While you are in hospital a nurse will speak to you about preparing to leave and your situation at home.

You may be feeling confident about returning home. But if you, or the nursing team, feel that you may need some support to return home, the nurse may ask an assessor from Adults' Health and Care department to speak to you. With your consent, they can carry out an assessment to help you identify your care needs and to see if you can get any help from the department.

There are social work teams in all hospitals so you do not have to contact the Adults Heath and Care department yourself for an assessment.

If reablement is right for you, we will discuss the most appropriate route with you. This could be reablement in your home, as above. If you are unable to return home from hospital, we may offer you bed-based reablement in a care home setting.

See further information about hospital stays on Connect to Support Hampshire.

How reablement works

The Reablement Team will work with you to regain strength and confidence in doing the things you used to do. Reablement allows more time for assessment and recovery. It also provides help to you and your family as you consider your specific care needs and plan for the future.

Reablement Teams are made up of a number of professionals. They usually include occupational therapists, social workers and care home staff. The team will work with you closely and will review your reablement plan at regular intervals. This is to make sure that plans are in place for a safe return home.

If you are registered for an online customer account with us, you will be able to access your reablement plan and all updates to it online.

How long reablement support lasts

This service is time-limited and intended to provide short-term support. We hope that the reablement help you receive will enable you to manage at home and maintain your independence. At the end of the reablement period, we will assess whether you need ongoing care and support.

If you do need ongoing care, the Reablement team will discuss with you the best support options for you and provide all the information you need to make a decision about what to do next. We will explore what you are able to do for yourself and what you can do with support from others in your personal network and in your community. We might also suggest equipment or adaptations to your home.

If you need formal services, such as care at home or in a care home, we may charge for this. We will never charge for any service unless you have had a financial assessment and agreed to any care plan.

Sensory Reablement Service

The Sensory Reablement Service offers specialist short term support if you have sensory loss needs. We can work with you in your own home to help you achieve the best possible level of independence. This service is time-limited and intended to provide short-term support.

If you are having difficulties coping at home because of sight or hearing loss, please contact Adults’ Health and Care.