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Sometimes, you just need a bit of help to get back on your feet. We call this 'reablement'.


If you have had an illness, accident, just come home from hospital or are becoming frail, you might find it difficult to look after yourself.  You might not feel strong enough to cope or you may simply have lost confidence.  We find that many people just need a bit of help to get back on their feet.  We call this 'reablement'.

Reablement is a short period of intensive support in your home.  We will work with you to help you regain old skills, or develop new ones.  In most cases, this is all you need to regain your independence and be able to carry on living in your own home.

Please note that this service is available to all adults in Dorset and Poole, and adults over 65 years old in Bournemouth.

Reablement is free of charge provided that:

  • we think reablement can help
  • you are not already receiving care services
  • you are finding it difficult to manage your personal care or daily living needs due to frailty, following an illness or fall, or after a stay in hospital.
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If we think reablement can help, our staff will visit you at home to talk to you about it. We will find out what you want to be able to do and agree when help is needed.  We will then arrange support in your home to help you regain confidence and ability in carrying out daily living tasks, such as:

  • dressing and getting into and out of bed
  • washing and shaving
  • managing the toilet
  • eating and drinking.

The amount of help needed varies with each person and their circumstances. You might need only a few visits a week or several visits a day. Over a period of up to several weeks, the amount of help you need should reduce quickly, as your confidence and ability improves.

At the end of a period of reablement, most people can live independently at home. However, if you are not fully independent or it is clear during your reablement that you need longer-term care and support, we will tell you how much more help we think you need.  We will also tell you how much this might cost and whether we will pay something towards that cost.

You may be offered reablement by our social care teams before being discharged from hospital. Alternatively, please get in touch with us to talk about reablement.

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