What is our Reablement Service?
Hands in Harmony operates the Reablement (Recuperation) programmes for both Milton Keynes & Bedford hospital. If you would benefit from additional care once being discharged from hospital, then we would be assigned to provide it.
Reablement care is designed to help you relearn how to do things for yourself. We will work with you to improve your level of independence to ultimately keep you in your own home for as long as possible.
Our service is intended to help you regain the capacity to do things like the washing up, cooking meals, or getting around your house again, and it will include practical ways to help you restore mobility, confidence and life skills.
Our primary focus will always be how much can you do for yourself and how much extra help do you require. This will be unique to you. Our staff will implement strategies discussed within the team to help you achieve this. On each visit, the carers will choose which battles to fight to maximise the benefit to your independence, while being equally aware not to push too hard. Our carers will take a holistic view of how to help the whole family. Sometimes the most significant pressure is felt by your primary family carer. The carer’s role can often be to help your family and friends to get themselves back fully functioning.
Reablement care is designed to last for four weeks (six weeks in Bedford) at which point it is expected that we will have a good idea of what your long-term care needs are likely to be.
"Our carers are all trained Reablement specialists"
Our staff are all trained in practical enablement techniques that are designed to make the process of improvement easier and more likely to succeed. We will assess your needs and discuss what you wish to achieve. We will then together devise a plan taking into account strength, stamina and dexterity requirements.
Since commencing the Reablement Service in 2011 we have recruited many exceptional reablers. In addition, to be a caring person, they will all have the following outstanding qualities:
It is the ability to seem unrushed, untroubled by time and not to be too ambitious that you feel uncomfortable with the speed of progress. They need to be able to help you pick the right projects no matter how small and allow you the time and space to restore your health.
In reablement, the ability of the carer to see it from your point of view is vital. If we do not understand both your mental and physical condition, we don’t know what the right goals and strategies that will work for you.
3. Confidence Building
A period of time in hospital, or an illness, injury, or disability can shatter your confidence. Our carers are trained to help you build up your confidence and motivation to want to get stronger.
4. Intuition and Common Sense.
A good reabling carer will know the right battles to pick. They can sense how far to progress. They will also have good judgement in choosing the right tactics for facilitating improvement.
The scope and the pace of the service are driven purely by you, the client. No task is too small. Generally, our Reablement service is used in conjunction with our Conventional Care service to help conserve your energy for what’s important to you.
Reablement care is a subject that the management of Hands In Harmony has had a keen interest in for many years.
Hands In Harmony Chairman, Terry Turner has been a member of the Project Advisory Group focused on “Reablement” at the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE). Additionally, Hands in Harmony was also involved in a University of Bedfordshire research project investigating recuperation for people with dementia in 2013.