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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 re-ablement.

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. 

Re-ablement Team

Our Re-ablement Team consists of re-ablement support workers and co-ordinators, 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 co-ordinator 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 co-ordinators 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 six weeks, but may finish sooner if you are making good progress. Our co-ordinators 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 six 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.

Further information

Your guide to Bedford Borough Council’s Re-ablement Team (PDF).

The Re-ablement team are a registered agency with the Care Quality Commission.

The Re-ablement team are a registered agency for Personal Care with the Care Quality Commission, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE14PA.