Reablement is a temporary home care service administered to a person after a hospital discharge. Reablement is synonymous with domiciliary care and post-discharge care; however, there is a difference between them all. While domiciliary care and post-discharge care are not time-frame specific, reablement has a fixed time frame. In some cases, reablement is referred to as aftercare, while in other situations, it is known as intermediate care.
Reablement is a service that entails assistance with everyday living. It is preferred to staying in the hospital after treatment because the patient can recuperate faster at home. The quick recovery is due to the individual being more familiar and comfortable with their environment. Sometimes, the individual might lose self-reliance in the hospital due to dependence on nurses and other health care workers. The more they remain dependent, the more they lose trust in themselves.
Initially, the practice for people who needed aftercare was to put them in care homes or subject them to domiciliary care. But due to some economic reasons, reablement is more common. It is more specific, serious, and short-termed in the patient’s home. In addition, the health care service promotes and maintains independence rather than treating the ailment.