Rehab and Reablement

We believe that most people can be supported to become more independent.

This might be by working with them to assist their recovery from illness or injury, helping them to re-gain their confidence, express their wishes more clearly, or making their home environment easier to navigate.

Intermediate care services and Reablement services in Brent have been designed to provide an integrated Rehab and Reablement Service delivered jointly by the NHS and Social Care.

The service aims to:

  • maximise independence and well-being and reduce need for ongoing care packages.
  • avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and reduce length of stay in hospital.
  • ensure seamless services for people who require ongoing care and support after receiving a Rehab and Reablement service.

Rehab and Reablement is based within London Northwest Healthcare Trust and is a multidisciplinary team that includes social workers, care assessors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologist, dieticians, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation assistants and administrators.

Who is it for?

Rehab and Reablement is a short-term service for Brent residents / patients with a Brent GP aged over 18 who require short-term intensive assistance to achieve independence with daily living or rehabilitation goals.

Rehab and Reablement can provide support for:

  • individuals with problems related to ageing hospital
  • individuals who require support and rehabilitation following a hospital admission
  • individuals who require rehabilitation in order to stay in their home as long as possible
  • individuals who have recently acquired neurological problems, or patients with progressive neurological illness, and who require short term rehabilitation

If you are not eligible for support from the reablement service, you can get information about other community based services that can help you stay independent from any of the following sources:

What kind of support will I get?

Our staff will work with you to identify the areas in which you need support to become independent and then, with you, they will set goals to help you to achieve independence in these areas.

Reablement packages of care are initially for 2 weeks. Packages of care may be extended for a further 4 weeks, for up to a maximum of 72 hours of care.

If you are having a reablement service, when you have maximised your independence this will stop, or when you are able to meet your needs independently, or when the maximum amount of time or 72 hours come to an end. We may also stop providing the reablement service if you do not work with the reablement workers.

Rehab programmes depend upon the goals and may be for up to 6 weeks depending on the exercise and activity programme set for you.

How can I be referred?

  • Reablement: You can refer yourself via Brent Social Care and Contact via Brent Customer Services.
  • Rehab: Is only provided for residents who have a Brent GP and need a GP referral so please contact and speak to your GP.

What happens at the end of the service?

We hope that the intensive reablement and or rehab support you receive through the service will mean you need less support or even no support to live independently. If it is assessed that you do require support after your period of reablement or rehab, then your allocated staff member will discuss with you how best to meet your future needs.

Will I have to pay?

You will not have to pay for the care and support provided through the Rehab and Reablement service. However, if you require on going care support from Brent Adult Social Care after reablement, you may need to contribute towards the cost  of your care and you will be required to undergo a financial assessment which will determine if and how much you will pay for your on-going care support.

How do I find out more?

You can contact us for information about being assessed for social care support or local information and advice centres, such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.