The effectiveness of home care reablement - developing the evidence base

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Adult social care services are increasingly establishing reablement services as part of their range of home care provision, sometimes alone, sometimes jointly with NHS partners. Typically, home care reablement is a short-term intervention, often free of charge, that aims to maximise independent living skills. This paper describes two small studies examining the impact of home care reablement on subsequent service use. The evidence so far strongly suggests that a period of home care reablement can reduce the subsequent use of home care services and that, for some people, these benefits may last for a year or more. However, a number of organistional and cultural factors can limit the immediate and longer-term benefits of home care reablement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Integrated Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • older people
  • social care services issues
  • ill/disabled adults

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