Regaining your independence after hospital

What kind of support can I get?

Meeting with a social care worker

An adult social care worker will discuss any issues that prevent you from living as independently as you could. They will then make recommendations to help overcome your challenges and draw up a reablement plan with you. This will set out realistic goals and the support needed as well as any equipment or technology that could help (for example, a fall detector).

The reablement support is then delivered by trained reablement Workers. As you improve, the amount of assistance will be gradually reduced.

The help that you receive as part of your reablement plan is tailored to meet your individual needs and specific circumstances. It can be as short as a few days or last several weeks.

Reablement services can include:

  • Practising daily activities such as cooking and bathing, to help learn, or re-learn, skills and improve confidence
  • Finding new ways to complete daily activities
  • Equipment or home adaptations, such as a personal alarm (to call for help) or bath rail or bath board

When is reablement not available?

Reablement is not appropriate for everyone leaving hospital. It is only recommended where people can regain full or significant independence in the short term.

People leaving hospital with severe or profound ongoing health or care needs may not be offered reablement care. This is because it will not help to significantly improve their situation.

Patients who are expected to recover fully or significantly, but in a period beyond the maximum reablement period of six weeks, are also unlikely to be offered these services. This might include those recovering from a hip replacement or broken bone.

Some personal circumstances also disqualify a patient who is leaving hospital from being offered reablement services. An example of this is people who do not qualify for public funds.

In all cases entitlement to reablement services can only be assessed by council adult social care staff. They can also advise on who qualifies for reablement. If your circumstances are not suitable for reablement, we will explain why we are unable to offer it and will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

If you do not qualify for reablement, but do need care support after leaving hospital, you will be referred on to the relevant council team for further help.

Your finances and assets will need to be assessed to see if you qualify for financial help with the cost of any future care. We can help you find voluntary or private organisations that provide further assistance.



For further information please contact the Harrow Reablement team via the number below:

Telephone: 020 8901 2680