Re-ablement is the provision of short-term practical and emotional support to assist patients to recover, build resilience and increase independence at home. This may include (but is not limited to) getting out of, or going to, bed; transfers between bed, chair and toilet as appropriate (with consideration for the appropriate equipment); washing; bathing; denture and mouth care; hand, foot and skin care; dressing and undressing.
Re-ablement helps people with poor physical or mental health learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living. Most of the people referred to HomeLink Healthcare for re-ablement by GPs, consultants and other professionals are elderly, frail and unable to travel for treatment.
HomeLink Healthcare is a clinician-led organisation that has been providing Hospital at Home services since 2016.
HomeLink Healthcare’s re-ablement pathway:
Therapy-led support is offered through experienced and caring physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and rehabilitation support workers.
We work in conjunction with local partner organisations or as the sole provider of care.
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When patients are referred to us we use the Barthel index to assess functional independence, and EQ-5D-5L – a self-assessed, health-related, quality-of-life questionnaire.
Our trained and qualified therapists, reablement support workers and healthcare assistants will visit people in their own homes according to an agreed schedule. During the visit, our staff will carry out the agreed reablement interventions, and report against KPIs and outcome measures.
Where appropriate we can provide access to mobility aids, assistive technology, and digital solutions to support rehabilitation and reablement in the place that patients call home. We are also able to provide wrap around care if required.
In the nine months from October 2021 to June 2022, our Lewisham reablement service saw 297 patients and delivered 2,323 visits. As a result, a waiting list of 203 patients in October 2021 was reduced by 85% to just 30 by June 2022.
At the same time, the agreed outcome measures show that patients are less dependent, report better health, and are more mobile, better able to self-care, more able to carry out their usual activities, in less pain or discomfort, and less anxious or depressed.
Our partnership with Lewisham Adult Therapy Team saw a waiting list of 203 reduce by 85% to 30 in just 18 weeks. The partnership was shortlisted for a Chief Allied Health Professionals Officers (CAHPO) award. Read the case study here.
To speak to a member of our team about our reablement services, 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 supporting our NHS partners with reablement and how we might be able to help you.
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