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Reablement at Home

Reablement at Home is ECL’s new short term care package delivered to adults living in Essex who are in need of extra support following a period of ill health.

Through multidisciplinary teams and through assessment and reviews, the service aims to restore confidence and re-establish independence within the home.

We support our customers with a wide range of tasks including:

  • Personal care
  • Using assistive technology and equipment
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management

Reablement at Home provides appropriate support to recover individual wellbeing and independence, including preventing avoidable hospital admissions.

What are the different Reablement at Home pathways?

Light Touch

A Reablement at Home care package that lasts up to six days. The service focuses on building confidence and supporting recovery at home to prevent the need for a higher level of care. Service starts within 24 hours of referral accepetance.


A Reablement at Home care package that lasts up to six weeks. Within this pathway we have identified three types of rehabilitation needs:

  • Recovery: from an acute episode of ill health
  • Restoration: following recent debilitation
  • Optimising: where an individual has become increasingly frail or has a long term health condition

Our qualified Reablement at Home team will work together with the customer to rebuild confidence, relearn skills for independent living, introduce equipment and assistive technology to improve mobility, and to ultimately improve and restore an individual’s independence.

Priority Response

A crisis intervention pathway available to community referrers and emergency care practitioners that can be applied to both Light Touch and Core packages. Priority Response is for individuals who would otherwise be unnecessarily admitted to hospital or residential care. Referrals are prioritised, with services commencing within two hours.  

Who can make referrals?

Referrals are made by any health or social care professional in the acute or community setting e.g. social workers, assistant social workers, OTs and Social Care Direct teams, district nurses, matrons, GPs; from hospitals e.g. hospital wards and assessments teams; also by A&E for hospital admission avoidance.   

Find out more about how to contact the Reablement at Home team in our care locator.