Who can have reablement care?
Reablement care can be beneficial for:
- People who need high levels of domiciliary care
- People who need to re-learn essential personal and daily living skills following illness or injury
- People who are experiencing confusion following illness or infection who may feel unsafe being left alone
- People who are frail and who need intensive support before they can live independently
- NHS or private hospital in-patients who could safely go home if a hospital discharge care plan was in place
Who funds reablement care?
Reablement care is funded by the NHS and is not means-tested. Each local authority manages its own reablement referral and assessment process so eligibility can vary. Some councils provide reablement care free of charge for up to six weeks while others may charge a fee.
In some areas, only people about to be discharged from the hospital are referred to reablement services. In other areas, people can be referred by community health or adult social care teams, or their GP. There is also a variation between local authorities in that some only provide reablement services to people who meet the Care Act eligibility criteria. Patients who are most likely to recover are often prioritised.
Many reablement services are provided solely by local authorities. However, in some cases, they are provided in partnership with the local clinical commissioning group (health service). The arrangements for service provision, and therefore how they are accessed, vary from area to area.
To find out how reablement care services are funded in your area you can contact one of the following:
- Call or email your local authority social care services or your local adult social care services department to ask for information
- People in the hospital can ask the hospital social work team for information. Ward staff, such as the discharge or ward coordinator, should be able to help you contact the social work team
- Organisations such as Age UK may be able to offer advice and support in your local area
If you are allocated a personal healthcare budget, you can choose which care provider you want to provide your reablement care. Here at Trinity Homecare, we are experts in reablement care and can arrange all the details of your care for you. Removing the stress of having to deal with multiple care professionals and local authority departments, while still retaining your autonomy of choice.
Three simple steps to receiving Outstanding care
1. Call Us
Have a no obligation, confidential, conversation with one of our care experts to discuss your needs.
2. Free Assessment
A member of our qualified care team will then visit you or your loved at home to discuss your requirements.
3. Begin Care
Provided you want to go ahead with us, we will then match you with the best carer to meet your needs.
What happens after reablement care?
The patient will be regularly assessed for progress and to identify any further goals or ongoing needs for support. At the end of the reablement care package, if all goals have been achieved, reablement care will end.
Throughout the reablement care process, it will be determined whether an ongoing package of care may be required. If it is thought likely, a referral to adult social care services will be made, who will start an assessment. The adult social care services will work with the individual, their carers, family and the reablement support workers to determine what ongoing care and support may be required when reablement care ends.
If ongoing care is required the assessment will determine if the individual needs additional short-term, or ongoing long-term, care and support. Your local authority might provide funding through a personal health budget. If you are allocated a personal healthcare budget, you can choose which care provider you want to provide your reablement care.
How Trinity Homecare can help
For the patient and family involved this can be an anxious time as there may be concerns about how the person will cope after reablement care services have ended. At Trinity Homecare we are here to support all people needing home care, whether it be funded by local authorities or privately.
If you have any questions about reablement care get in touch with us today. We can help you navigate the reablement care services and funding so you or your loved one get the support needed.
We offer a free no-obligation enquiry service, including a free home assessment with our professional care team. Our compassionate team is available seven days a week, from 7.30am to 5.30pm to take your call and answer any questions you may have.