Rehabilitation and short term support

What is reablement

Reablement is a short-term support service that can work with you to regain your skills or ability to manage everyday tasks and to live as independently as possible.

The Reablement Service is an occupational therapy-led team with an emphasis on rehabilitation and enablement.

How to access reablement

Reablement sits within Adult Social Care. There is no direct access into reablement. Tower Hamlets residents can access reablement by contacting Tower Hamlets Connect to discuss their needs.

Why you may need reablement

You might have lost your confidence or ability to do things for yourself because of:

  • an accident
  • ill health
  • a disability
  • a stay in hospital.

If you have recently started to find difficulty with everyday tasks, either inside or outside of the home, we can support you to regain your independence and do things for yourself again.

Who is eligible?

You can work with reablement if you:

• are over 18 years old
• live in Tower Hamlets
• have recently lost some of your skills confidence or independence.

How reablement works

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with you for up to six weeks to progress independence with the daily activities that are important to you or that you need to complete.

To support this, the reablement team has its own in-house reablement officers (ROs). They provide day to day to support under the direction of the OTs, to encourage and support you to carry out tasks yourself or with you, rather than carrying out tasks for you.

Your assessment

The Reablement Team also work closely with our health partners. If you are receiving rehabilitation from a community health team, an OT from either team can work with you to achieve your goals.

What kind of tasks are supported

We will discuss what tasks you need support with. We will then agree a plan -  your reablement programme - detailing how we will work together to support you to get better at managing these tasks for yourself. 

Your reablement programme will be tailored to your individual needs, and the level of support we provide will change as you progress in meeting your goals.

How long can I get support for?

The length of your reablement programme depends on your individual circumstances and how you progress in meeting your goals.

A programme will usually last up to six weeks, at longest. After this time your situation will be reviewed.

What happens if I still need support after reablement?

If you still need ongoing support after reablement, we will discuss your options with you to find out:

  • whether you would qualify for ongoing support
  • how we can help you further.

Find out more

If you think you might need reablement, please complete a self-assessment form.

If you need help to complete the form or for more information and advice, please contact Tower Hamlets Connect.

The Reablement Service is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), as a registered provider of care. All CQC registered providers of care and support are required to display their ‘rating’ as awarded by the CQC each time the service is inspected.

The public has a right to know how care and support services are performing. The ratings are designed to improve transparency by providing people who use the services, and the public, with a clear statement about the quality and safety of care and support provided.

The Reablement Service was last inspected by the CQC on 5 April 2019 and was rated as 'good'. Read the report.

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