Reabling Independence for Older People
30/05/2014Since it started, 2,720 older people across the Southern Trust area and over 400 from the Dungannon locality have benefitted from Reablement – a service, which helps those recovering from ill health or injury to regain essential daily skills.
Tracey Reid is one of seven Reablement Support Workers, who along with a Reablement Occupational Therapist, support people aged over 65 in the Dungannon area. She explains: “It is our role to help people to do things for themselves again rather than do things for them. This could be after a period in hospital or to support them to remain at home following a fall.
“After they are assessed by the Reablement Occupational Therapist, we help clients to achieve the goals they set to regain their confidence and maximise their independence. These could be getting out of bed, washing and dressing, cooking, or going shopping - daily activities that many of us take for granted. We help with mobility, provide equipment or organise minor adaptations in the home if needed – anything to help clients to regain their quality of life and independence.”
Seventy eight year old Joan McCall from Moy, took part in the Reablement programme for a fortnight after having a knee replacement. She says: “After my operation I felt helpless and thought I would never be able to do anything for myself again. I found it really difficult to do the most basic things like getting dressed or making myself a bite to eat. I certainly didn’t want to be relying on family, friends or carers and was keen to get back on my feet again, so I was delighted that in just over two weeks, with encouragement from Tracey, I had the confidence to fend for myself again.”
The service is available from one day up to four weeks, depending on the individual client’s needs.
Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People and Primary Care for the Southern Trust said: “Most people would prefer to stay in their own home if they can, rather than be admitted to hospital or residential care. Through Transforming Your Care projects such as Reablement, we are helping as many older people as possible to stay in their own homes and live independently. In this way, with some support and encouragement from our team, they can remain in their own familiar surroundings, learn to do things for themselves again, rather than rely on others and rebuild the lives they want to lead.”
Tracey adds: “We are a very busy team, we see a wide variety of conditions and every day brings a new challenge. However, we get great satisfaction seeing our clients gradually build up their self-esteem with every task they achieve.”
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Joan McCall from the Moy with her Reablement worker Tracey Reid.