In-reach re-ablement service in care homes

98% of all HomeLink Healthcare patients would highly recommend us to their friends and family.

How does the care home re-ablement service work?                          

  • Patients are discharged from hospital to a care home. 
  • In the care home a HomeLink Healthcare physiotherapist completes an initial assessment. If suitable for re-ablement, an individualised care plan is completed for each patient including planned visits each week. 
  • Based on individual patients’ needs, a HomeLink re-ablement support worker visits the patient and supports the care home staff with continuing the re-ablement programme in between visits.
  • The patient completes the rehabilitation programme in preparation for returning home. 
  • The patient returns to their home when they are ready, and any ongoing support is informed.

Benefits for patients

Whilst in hospitals or care home environments, patients may become deconditioned, leading to them to lose confidence, muscle strength and endurance. These factors combined can lead to an increased risk of falls, poor mobility and increased care needs. By receiving timely regular support that is tailored to individual needs, patients are able to recover and return home more quickly.

Tracking clinical outcomes (EQ-5D-5L) and mBarthel scores enable us to evidence the progression of our patients.

As with all HomeLink Healthcare services the in-reach re-ablement service has seen improved outcomes for patients.

The below percentages indicate self-reported improvements that patients have made on the service:

In-reach EQ5D5L scores recorded to Sep 2023

In-reach EQ5D5L scores recorded to Sep 2023

Wider system benefits

By enabling patients to leave hospital when they no longer meet the criteria to reside, the in-reach re-ablement service helps hospitals to reduce delayed discharges, increase hospital capacity and improve patient flow. Read our in-reach re-ablement case study here.

"The visiting therapist took her time with me and was always providing encouragement. Without that encouragement I wouldn’t be at the point I am today." - Patient feedback

Who are HomeLink Healthcare? 

HomeLink Healthcare is a clinician-led, specialist Hospital at Home service provider.  We work in partnership with the ICBs, hospitals, local authorities, community providers and GPs. We have been delivering safe, high-quality services to patients in the place they call home since 2016. 

HomeLink Healthcare has successfully delivered this service in care homes in Norfolk and South East London and are able to replicate this service in other commissioned services. where we provide a physiotherapy-led service.

Visit the About Us page for more information about why our partners choose HomeLink Healthcare. 

Work with us

We report a suite of anticipatory care key performance indicators (KPIs) in real-time, so commissioners have complete transparency about what we are doing and how we are doing it.   Find out more about the process of commissioning HomeLink Healthcare to set up a hospital at home service.

Get in touch

To speak to a member of our team about anticipatory care, call us on (020) 3137 5370 or contact us. You can tell us about your situation, and we can tell you more about our experience of anticipatory care and how we might be able to help you.


Case study

In-reach physiotherapy service in care homes benefits patients and hospitals

Reablement & physio, Patient experiences

Patients are assessed by a HomeLink Healthcare physiotherapist in the care home within 72 hours of admission and start receiving physiotherapy and re-ablement immediately.

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Case study

Physiotherapy at Home reduces care costs by over 65%

Reablement & physio, Patient experiences

Intensive physiotherapy at home can dramatically improve patient outcomes, shorten waiting lists and reduce care costs by over 65%.

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Case study

Small steps and big changes

Reablement & physio, Patient experiences

Intensive physiotherapy over a few weeks can be the key to helping patients regain independence. 

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Case studyCompany news

Shortlisted for a Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) award

Reablement & physio, Awards & accreditations

HomeLink Healthcare’s AHPs Team and Lewisham Adult Therapy Team are finalists for a CAHPO Award 2022.

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“You did everything exceptionally and allowed me to leave hospital six weeks earlier than planned because of the service you provided.


Patient feedback

“I am so grateful to have been referred to HomeLink Healthcare, they have really helped me get back on my feet. If I had stayed in the hospital I would not have achieved everything I have done”

Patient feedback

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“Exceptional, amazing service with highly qualified staff. I felt confident at all times that staff knew how to deal with my picc line and my four times-a-day antibiotics was made easier by such lovely caring and compassionate staff”

Patient feedback

“The visiting therapist took her time with me, was always providing encouragement and without that I wouldn’t be at the point I am today.”

Patient feedback

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