Reablement is growing in popularity in the UK. This trend is the result of changing healthcare policies and the changing understanding of what postoperative treatments are most effective in the long term.
While reenactment treatment (also called home from the hospital care) is growing in popularity, it can still feel like a mystery for those outside of the process or new to it. Here, we will cover the basic stages of reablement care. While the specifics of the reablement process will vary depending on the patient and the circumstance, these general stages remain the same. They are as follows:
- Initial assessment
- Second assessment
Each stage is unique and essential to the recovery process. In general, the total time is 6-12 weeks of care. This service is thus short term, but can be highly effective. It is also a reliable alternative to in-hospital care which does not encourage the patient to work within the settings they will encounter after being discharged.
This stage is often led by a healthcare professional. They will determine how much assistance the patient needs and what tasks are likely to be the most difficult. From this assessment, the patient should be able to get a better understanding of what their specific situation requires.
This is the longest stage in the recovery process. In this step, the professional care provider will come to the patient’s house and assist them in performing daily tasks. Many care providers are also trained in physiotherapy or other kinesthetic sciences that add recovery. With this training, they help the patient develop good movement patterns to prevent further injury.
After a set time, the patient will receive a second assessment to determine where they have (or have not) made progress. Based on this assessment, care will either continue, stop, or take a different course.
After the assessment, the care provider will help the patient make adjustments to accommodate their new level of mobility. Often times, this includes introducing new equipment into the patient’s home that will help them move around more effectively and safely.
Planning is the final but arguably the most important step in the reablement process. Here, family and friends join the patient in determining how to move forward. This step is less linear than the others. Especially in serious cases, the planning stage can run throughout the reablement process.
Reablement’s impacts are dependent on a number of factors. The health of the patient both physically and mentally are key components that impact how great the impact of reablement care is. For this reason, it is important that friends and family remain active in all stages of reablement.
The level of care is another key factor. At Unique homecare, we provide high-quality and individualized care to each and every one of our patients. Reablement care is a short-term treatment, but done right, it has long term effects. We, and our patients, want those effects to be as great as possible.