Short-term support - reablement and rehabilitation

You may need to use a short-term support service after a stay in hospital or after a fall or a medical crisis.

We’ll support you in your own home whenever possible. If you’ve reached your medical and physical recovery goals, we work with you at home to help you to manage day-to-day tasks better and rebuild your confidence.

If you still need medical support from nurses or to continue your physical rehabilitation with a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, we can also arrange for them to visit you at home in addition to our support workers.

However, if you need more intensive nursing or rehabilitation, we may be able to offer you rehabilitation in a residential or nursing home.

The planning your discharge from hospital leaflet (PDF 505KB) can help you understand how your discharge from hospital will take place, and assist you if you require additional support when you leave hospital.

Reablement and rehabilitation at home

Reablement is a personalised approach to helping you manage better when you are unable to manage day-to-day tasks yourself. For example, support workers can help you to learn to do a daily task in a slightly different way or support and encourage you until you feel confident again.

If you’ve not yet reached all of your medical or physical rehabilitation goals, we can also arrange for nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to visit you at home and help you become medically fitter and regain mobility and strength.

How it works

Support workers will work with you in a reabling way to assist you with your personal care and daily living needs.

They’ll talk to you about the things that you’re having problems with, and discuss what is important for you to be able to do again, for example:

  • personal care for example washing and dressing
  • help getting up
  • provide help with medication
  • help you to prepare meals
  • help with cleaning and shopping
  • collecting your pension or benefits
  • assisting you to improve your mobility through exercises
  • practical support
  • emotional support
  • support to live an active lifestyle.

Support workers will encourage you to do a little bit more for yourself each day until you have the confidence and skills to carry out personal care and daily living tasks.

They will adapt the work they do to take into account how far you’ve progressed in your agreed rehabilitation goals with nurses, physiotherapists or occupational therapists.

For example, if you’ve broken your arm and your physiotherapist is working on restoring mobility, support workers would help you to wash your back until sufficient mobility had been achieved and you could do this yourself.

However, in the meantime, support workers may work with you to improve other aspects of independence.

How long does short-term support last?

Reablement and rehabilitation services usually last for between one and six weeks and they’re free for that time. Most people only need to use the service for a few weeks to enable them to reach their goals. However, if after this period of reablement you need on-going care, a review will take place, where options can be discussed and agreed with you.  For example direct payments, personal budgets or care provided by an independent care agency.

Rehabilitation in residential care

If you need intensive nursing or rehabilitation after spending time in hospital following an injury, illness or disease, a fall or a medical crisis, we may be able to offer residential care home or nursing care home placement.

In Brighton & Hove there are two residential care homes and a nursing home specialising in rehabiliation. During your stay, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work with you to help you become medically fitter and regain physical mobility and strength.

The support worker working with you will use a reablement approach to help you rebuild your independence in preparation for going home. A GP will visit if you have any medical needs.

Support workers can to continue to work with you when you return home, if needed. You may also have continuing rehabilitation from nurses, physiotherapists or occupational therapists at home if you need it.

Paying for short-term support

Reablement and rehabilitation services are free for up to first six weeks. However if you have more complex needs you may need services for longer, which will be chargeable.

If you need the service for longer, but cannot afford it, you will need to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance. To find out if you are eligible we will need to assess you.

To arrange an assessment please contact Access Point the contact centre for Adult Social Care Services, to arrange an assessment.

Access short-term support services

Reablement and rehabilitation services are usually accessed as part of your discharge from hospital. You may be referred to a reablement or rehabilitation service with a community referral via a social care professional involved in managing your situation.

If these do not apply to you, and you would like to find out if you are eligible for these services, contact Access Point the contact centre for Adult Social Care Services to arrange an assessment.