Reablement service

Reablement will help you to do things for yourself rather than having to rely on others. On this page you can find information on how you can access the reablement service and how this support can help you to live independently.

What the service can do for you

Reablement is a short term assessment and support service. It usually lasts six weeks or less and takes place in your own home.

The reablement service is made up of a team including:

  • reablement occupational therapists
  • reablement support workers

The team will support you to become more independent in daily activities, such as:

  • personal care (washing, showering/bathing)
  • getting dressed and undressed
  • getting into and out of bed or a chair
  • toileting and promoting continence
  • taking your medication
  • meal preparation
  • moving around your home
  • social activities, such as luncheon clubs

Who can use the service?

You can use the reablement service if you are over 65 and:

  • require a support package (such as a domiciliary care package); or
  • need an increase in your existing support package to help you with your daily living activities; and
  • if you have experienced a crisis, such as illness, deterioration in health or sustained an injury

The service operates across all five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland (see links below).

How you can get the service

To get the service, you need to be referred to the reablement team by a health and social care professional. For example, this can be:

  • your GP
  • nurse
  • social worker

This can take place either on discharge from hospital or from your local health and social care office.

What happens once you have been referred?

When you have been offered the service, a reablement occupational therapist will:

  • visit you in your home
  • carry out an assessment of your needs, for example, looking at your daily living activities to find out what you can and cannot do for yourself
  • agree an independence plan for you

 The reablement support workers will then work with you to:

  • help and encourage you to practice these daily living activities
  • help you regain skills and confidence that you may have lost

This will help you live as independently as possible.

As you improve, the length and frequency of the visits will be reviewed and reduced by the reablement occupational therapist.

After the service finishes

Many people can live independently in their own homes after the service has finished and without the need for social care support.

However, if you still have ongoing needs, you will be referred by your health and social care worker to other services.

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