Support to stay at home
Sometimes an illness or crisis can affect your
independence and confidence in carrying out everyday
activities. You may require short-term intensive help to
regain skills or find new ways of doing things. We call this
We can offer practical help and encouragement
to improve your confidence in your abilities. We work with
adults across Bedford Borough whose independence may be at risk if
they do not receive this service from us.
Our Re-ablement Team consists of Re-ablement
Support Workers and Coordinators, who are specially trained to look
at helping you to regain skills, find new ways of doing things,
providing encouragement or improving your confidence with your
activities of daily living.
Will Re-ablement be right for me?
When you contact Adult Services you will be
asked a series of questions about your current situation including
your health. In discussion with you, Adult Services will find out
if you would benefit from Re-ablement. Where appropriate you will
be referred to the Re-ablement Team.
What happens next?
When we receive your referral a Coordinator
will visit you to complete an assessment and see how you are
managing at present. They will talk through with you what you would
like to achieve and then agree a support plan specifically
constructed to achieve these individual goals. We will then give
you a copy of this plan.
The Re-ablement Support Workers will work with
you at home to achieve these goals and promote your independence.
At first we may need to visit you several times per day, but as you
progress the number of visits may reduce. Our Coordinators will
continue to review and amend your support plan regularly.
How long am I entitled to the service?
The Re-ablement Team will support you for up
to 6 weeks, but may finish sooner if you are making good progress.
Our Coordinators will review your ongoing progress and change your
support plan as needed.
We hope that the intensive support you receive will mean that you
need less help or even no support to live independently.
If you need ongoing support the Re-ablement
Team will ensure that they discuss with you how you feel your needs
can be best met.
What about the cost?
There is no charge for our service for
up to 6 weeks. However, if you need ongoing support charges
may apply. Your allocated Social Worker / Community Support
Worker will discuss our Financial Assessment process with you to
identify whether you qualify for financial assistance.
Please download our leaflet for more
Your guide to
Bedford Borough Council’s Re-ablement Team
Bedford Borough Handy Person
Bedford Borough Handy Person Service, helping and supporting
People in Bedford.
It is often difficult and expensive to find someone to do
smaller jobs like fitting a plug, hanging a curtain rail or fixing
a tap. Our Handy Person Service can carry out these small repairs
for you if you are unable to do them yourself.
For more information please click on the Handy Person
Service link to go to web page.