Intermediate Care Reablement Service – St Helens

Description of the Intermediate Care Reablement Service

The Reablement Team is a community based team of experienced Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers and Local Authority Intermediate Care Support Workers.

We have extensive knowledge and skills to provide specialist advice e.g. chronic disease management health promotion and rehabilitation for clients who may have had an injury or a relapse in their abilities to be independent.

The Service aims are to:

  • Help people to remain at home and be as independent as possible
  • Prevent unnecessary admission to hospital
  • Help people recover faster from illness
  • Support discharge from hospital
  • Prevent unnecessary admission to long-term care homes
  • Assist in socialising and joining community groups

Who can access the service?

Clients must be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • A resident of St. Helens or have a St. Helens GP
  • Medically stable and/or predictable
  • Able to benefit within a 6 week period
  • Willing and able to participate in a programme of activities
  • Able to understand and follow simple instructions

How can people access the service?

The service has a referral form which can be completed by a Health Professional, Social Care Assessor or Relative. Relative/Self referrals can be accepted but further information will be obtained as to suitability from their GP.

Examples of referrals:

Adults who:

  1. Lack confidence following a fall or poor mobility who would benefit from a health screen and health promotion e.g. someone with a poor diet or who is not managing their medication
  2. Who needs guidance on how to manage a long term condition e.g. Diabetes or C.O.P.D.
  3. Who needs to learn easier ways to manager own personal care (washing, dressing and toileting)
  4. Learn how to undertake daily living activities (cooking)
  5. Would like to socialise and join community groups (Age concern etc.)

Once a referral has been received and screened as appropriate, a member of the team will visit and discuss with the client what they would like to achieve to become more independent.  An agreed programme of activities will be set in place and partnership working will continue.

The process of assessment is ongoing and may involve several visits from various members of the team.

Where is the service offered?

The service can be provided in the client’s own home or in the Brookfield Reablement Unit depending on the initial assessment of need.

Hospital in-patients will be referred directly to the service or directly transferred to Brookfield Intermediate care by the Integrated Hospital Assessment Team (ICAT) who is based at Whiston Hospital.

Contact details

The Reablement Team
Sims House
Newton Le Willows
WA12 8RA

Telephone: 01744 621724/5
Textphone Number 18001 01744 621724/5
Fax: 01744 621728

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

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