Independent living and occupational therapy (OT)

Reablement services

Reablement services help people regain their skills for daily living after an injury, illness or surgery by re-learning or adjusting approaches to these tasks.

Occupational therapists work alongside Southend Reablement Service visiting people in their own homes for up to 6 weeks.

Who can use this service?

You may be eligible for this service if you have:

  • recently been admitted to hospital
  • had a period of illness or injury and are concerned about managing at home

How does the service work?

We will visit you at home to discuss which tasks you are now finding difficult to do. This could include things like:

  • washing and going to the toilet
  • preparing meals
  • cleaning and shopping
  • moving around your home and outside
  • taking your medication

We will work together to support you to do these things independently and set manageable goals.

The support worker stays in close contact with the rest of the team, and you will also have contact with reablement team leaders and, if needed, occupational therapists. With your consent, we can also consult with other people who may be involved in supporting you, such as community physiotherapists or voluntary agencies.

When does the service end?

As you gain in confidence, we will review your progress and, with your agreement, the amount of support will gradually be reduced.

Many people only need the service for a short period of time, although it can continue for up to six weeks. If at the end of the six weeks you still need support in personal care tasks, we will complete a social care referral to make sure that you continue to receive the support you need. This support would then be provided by a different team of carers.

Find out more about the Southend Reablement Service.

Contact access information

Telephone: 01702 215008

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