Be careful what you’re charged for
If you’re coming out of hospital, your local authority and/or the NHS is responsible for providing short-term ‘discharge support’ and ‘reablement’ services to help you get back on your feet.
‘Reablement’, ‘enablement’, ‘rehabilitation’ and ‘intermediate care’ seem to be used interchangeably in health and social care. According to Dept of Health, the definition of re-ablement is:
“Services for people with poor physical or mental health to help them accommodate their illness by re-acquiring skills, confidence and equipment for independent living.”
It’s relevant to elderly people coming out of hospital or recovering from an illness or a health setback.
Some re-ablement services are provided jointly by the local authority and the NHS; others are provided solely by the local authority, which then accesses specialist input where necessary, for example from therapists.
However, some local authorities are illegally charging people for re-ablement services, as this article explains: One in five councils illegally charge for reablement services