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Improving independence through early intervention and prevention

Monday, 23 September 2013

Hampshire County Council is making a further positive shift in promoting and enhancing the way people manage at home, so they can remain independent and live in their own homes for as long as possible, reducing the need for residential or nursing care.

The new Reablement and Assessment of Care Team service (REACT) will step in when people referred to adult social care services are struggling to remain independent in their homes.

It will provide short-term support and encouragement to help people regain as much confidence and independence as possible, enabling them to carry out daily tasks themselves, rather than relying on continued care.

The REACT Service will work closely with occupational therapists and physiotherapists to develop personalised reablement plans to help people in their homes for up to six weeks. The care and support will be delivered jointly by an independent organisation and the County Council's Community Response Teams (CRT).

A REACT pilot has already proven successful in Hampshire with 30 per cent of people undergoing reablement via REACT needing no further care. It has also provided an opportunity for the CRT to share their skills and experience with the independent sector improving the quality of provision for people receiving care.

REACT expands upon the current reablement services being offered to people who are discharged from hospital. The service will benefit all new clients that would receive long term domiciliary care as their first service and existing care clients with long term packages of care who would otherwise have an increase to their care package, or be admitted to residential care. It will also continue to support people being discharged from hospital.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Anna McNair Scott, said: "To meet the changing needs and aspirations of older people the Council is adapting the way care is delivered. Prevention is one of our main priorities and this includes investing in community based services, such as REACT that promote independence and choice and have better outcomes as well as being a crucial way of reducing the costs to health and social care services."

"This is our first practical step in achieving a strategic partnership with the independent sector. The new REACT service will greatly improve the quality and impact of service for people through greater working relationships with health professionals specialising in occupational therapy and physiotherapy."

The new service will be implemented across the County by the end of June 2014, subject to independent care providers being appointed.

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