A wellness approach takes the view that as people age and their needs change, community care services can 'work with' individuals to assist them to undertake a task or activity themselves, or with less assistance, and to increase satisfaction with any gains made. It underpins all assessment and service provision, whether the need for assistance is episodic, fluctuates in intensity or type over time or is of an ongoing nature.
Like wellness, reablement aims to assist people to reach their goals and maximise their independence. However, reablement involves time-limited interventions that are more targeted towards a person’s specific goal or desired outcome to adapt to some functional loss or regain confidence and capacity to resume activities. Supports could include training in a new skill or relearning a lost skill, modification to a person’s home environment or having access to equipment or assistive technology. Reablement is targeted to CHSP clients who are motivated to continue to undertake activities of daily living for whom time-limited supports can achieve an increase in independence.
In the CHSP, reablement is embedded within the assessment, referral and service pathway. It will be overseen by Regional Assessment Services that will identify opportunities for clients to be as independent as is practical, potentially reducing the need for ongoing and/or higher levels of service delivery.