In response to an aging population and rising prevalence of disability, reablement initiatives have been introduced yet the evidence base concerning the long-term effects remains inconclusive. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of reablement on physical independence, care plans and care packages post-discharge for older adults.
A retrospective cohort design was used to examine patient records who had completed a reablement programme. Measures on internationally renowned and psychometrically strong tools, completed by trained healthcare professionals, were examined pre-and post-intervention with a consecutive sample (n=416) of participants since the introduction of the reablement programme.
Reablement had a significant impact on physical independence living scores and a corresponding reduction in care needs and care plans post-discharge enabling the person to stay at home.
The study’s findings present empirical evidence on the value of reablement health service programme developed to promote independent living at home following a short illness, for older people. While no examination of financial data was recorded in this study, the increase in physical ability and corresponding reduction in care needs and care plans post-discharge indicates a reduction in costs and a better standard of living.
The authors acknowledge and thank the healthcare professionals who facilitated data collection. This research received funding from the Western Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland.
Slater, P. and Hasson, F. (2018), "An evaluation of the reablement service programme on physical ability, care needs and care plan packages", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 140-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-11-2017-0042
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