Short term support to help you regain your independence.

This service is free for a maximum of six weeks.

About this service

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

we may be able to offer you this short-term support service.

If you are currently in hospital and have been advised that you will be receiving a Reablement service, please see our Reablement for people leaving hospital information.


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. This could be cooking for yourself, bathing without help or getting to the shops.

Reablement provides help to you and your family as you consider your specific care needs and plan for the future.

You can contact us using one of our online forms (for yourself or on behalf of someone else). A professional from the Adults’ Health and Care department will then contact you.

We will discuss your situation with you over the phone to get a picture of your needs. A care professional may then come to visit you to assess your needs in person. You may be visited by more than one person depending on your needs.

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
  • support with your mobility
  • support with sensory problems

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


Reablement teams are made up of social care professionals from Hampshire County Council, including reablement workers and occupational therapists.

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.

Find out more about our Community Response Teams (including CQC ratings) that work as part of the Reablement service.


The service is available free of charge for up to a maximum of six weeks. It may be less than six weeks, depending on your situation.

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 have ongoing care and support needs which are assessed as being eligible for help from the Council, we will work with you to develop a personal support plan.

There are many different options we will look at with you. This could include what you can do for yourself, help from family and friends, access to community facilities or support from voluntary services. We might also suggest equipment or adaptations to your home. Your support plan will make the most of what you can do with the help you have around you.

If you are not eligible for services from the Council, we will give you information and advice about how to access care and support services for yourself. You can find information and services to manage your own care needs and to stay independent on the Connect to Support Hampshire website.


If you are eligible for help from the Council and you require formal services, such as residential care or a paid carer coming into your home, we will arrange for you to have a financial assessment, if you haven’t had one previously. This is to determine how your long-term care will be funded.

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may need to pay some or all of the cost of your care and support.

More information about:

Financial assessment
Paying for care at home
Paying for care in a care home

Find out about the staff who will be working with you

Who will be working with you to support your recovery and assess your care needs?

Learn more about our teams