The traditional model of care, is to provide someone with assistance to perform a task. Either this is to assist them do the task or do it for them. One of the current initiatives of WA Health is to move from this traditional community care services model towards a ‘wellness/capacity building’ model of care, through Reablement programs. This is replacing the focus from illness and dependence through passive help for individuals, with encouraging independence in performing activities of daily living. There is an increasing body of evidence that this shift produces more favourable outcomes for consumers with improved wellness, through achieving greater independence, and consequently reducing the amount and cost of care. In keeping with this evidence-based best practice, LifeCare has developed its Wellness and Reablement Program for individuals receiving community care.
Reablement is the process of helping people regain, or re-learn, skills required for daily living which have been lost due to deteriorating health or advancing frailty. It is distinct from addressing specific health care issues. Reablement programs are led by Allied Health professionals and are time-limited (6-12 weeks) with specific goals set around activities required for daily living. The focus is on engaging individuals in a program designed to improve their ability to perform specific activities of daily living, and minimise the amount of care required for these activities. For example, making a cup of tea, dressing themselves, independent showering.
Benefits to the Individual
- Increased feelings of independence, empowerment and autonomy in managing their health and abilities.
- Improved physical and emotional well-being
- Improving their ability to self-care and to perform everyday activities of daily living
- Reducing the need for ongoing home care services
- Reducing the risk of falls and falls related injuries
- Avoiding hospital admission for reasons directly addressed by this program, for example, falls, medication or chronic disease mismanagement
If you are a client or a care manager of a care provider, please call us on 9335 7744 to discuss how we can help you.