Going into and leaving hospital

Reablement Service

Reablement is about giving you time to recover and regain your confidence after being in a hospital environment and allowing more time for assessment. It also provides help to you and your family as you consider your specific care needs and plan for the future.

Reablement is a free service for up to 6 weeks which is arranged for you whilst you are still in hospital. Your length of stay is dependent upon how soon you regain your confidence and independence. At times you may not require the entire 6 weeks and may return home sooner.

How the team will help you

The Reablement Team will work with you to help you get back to doing the things you used to do and plan for the future.

Your Occupational Therapist will visit you within the first two or three days and they will discuss your personal goals and draw up a Reablement plan with you. They will also talk to you about the things that are important to you when you leave the Reablement Service. The team will work closely with you and your plan will be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that measures are in place for a safe return home or to consider alternative accommodation if needed.

Your care needs for discharge home will be assessed by your Social Worker working closely with the Occupational Therapist. If alternative accommodation such as a Nursing Home or Residential Care is identified, your Social Worker will support you and your family in identifying the most suitable options.

Staff at the nursing home where you stay for reablement will support and encourage you using the reablement plan set by your Occupational Therapist in consultation with you and your family to identify the areas where you need most help.

What to expect

Whilst in a reablement bed, you can expect your rights to be respected at all times:

  • information about your condition will be kept in confidence by all staff
  • all staff will respect your privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs at all times
  • the staff will keep you informed of any changes in your Reablement plan

Leaving the nursing home and reablement

On admission to a reablement bed, your anticipated discharge date will be given to you in the first week. Your progress will be discussed and options will be given to you and your family to best suit your needs.

Formore information please contact Adult Services on 0845 603 5630.


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