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Reablement Service

What is Reablement? 

Reablement is a short term assessment and support service, lasting six weeks or less and is provided to people in their own home. The Reablement Service will help you to do things for yourself rather than relying on others.

What will the Reablement Service do for me?

The Reablement Service is made up of a Team including Reablement Occupational Therapists, Reablement Coordinators, Reablement Team Leaders and Reablement Support Workers. You will receive a visit from the Reablement Occupational Therapist who will carry out an assessment of your needs.

This assessment will look at your daily living activities such as:

  • personal care (washing, showering/bathing);
  • getting dressed and undressed;
  • getting into and out of bed or a chair;
  • toileting and promoting continence;
  • taking your medication;
  • meal preparation;
  • moving around your home;
  • social activities, such as luncheon clubs.

The assessment will identify what you can and cannot do for yourself. From this the Reablement Occupational Therapist will agree a plan with you.

The agreed plan, listing the goals identified, will be shared with the Reablement Coordinator who will draw up a personalised care plan to meet your identified needs. The Reablement Coordinator will oversee your care provision and will arrange for a Reablement Support Worker/Team Leader to call with you at the identified times. A Service User Record Book will be placed in your home for Reablement Support Workers to record your progress.

The Reablement Support Worker/Team Leaders will attend you in your home and will work with you to help and encourage you to practise the daily living activities identified. This will help you regain skills and confidence that you may have lost, to enable you to live as independently as possible. As you improve the length and frequency of the visits will be reviewed and reduced by the Reablement Occupational Therapist.

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Who can use the Reablement Service?

You can use the Reablement Service if you are over 18 and:

  • requiring a support package (such as a Domiciliary Care Package) or
  • need an increase in your existing support package to help you with your daily living activities: and
  • if you have experienced a crisis, such as illness, deterioration in health or sustained an injury.
How do I get the Reablement Service?

Should you feel you would benefit from the Reablement Service and you meet the above criteria you should contact your local Social Services Office or speak to a Health and Social Care professional if you are an inpatient in hospital.

What happens when Reablement finishes?

Many people can live independently in their own homes after Reablement without the need for social care support. However, if you still have ongoing needs, you will be referred by the Health and Social Care Worker dealing with you, to other services.

Out of Hours

The Homecare/Reablement Department has a dedicated Out of Hours system which is staffed by Homecare Managers.

The Out of Hours Service operates from:

  • 5.00pm to 9.00am Monday to Friday
  • Weekends – 9.00am Saturday to 9.00am Monday
  • Bank Holidays: 24 hours
Further information:

Reablement Definition

Frequently Asked Questions

Regional Review of Reablement Outcome of the Retrospective longitudinal Audit

Briefing and Position Paper: Regional Reablement Service for Northern Ireland

Regional Reablement Model for Northern Ireland

Health and Social Care Board – Reablement

Reablement Leaflet

Homecare Service User Guide

Locations where this service is delivered


Northern Sector Reablement Team

Spruce Villa, Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6TF

Call us02871864385

Southern Sector Reablement Team, Omagh Area

Joint Admin Working Space
Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, Omagh,7 Donaghanie Rd, Omagh BT79 0JJ

Call us02882835935

Southern Sector Reablement Team, Enniskillen Area

New Hope Centre, Erne Road, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, BT74 6NN.

Call us02866342402