Reablement is a term that refers to maintaining a person’s functional ability. For people with dementia a good level of functional ability is a key to maintaining independence and quality of life as the disease progresses.
The project ‘Development of Dementia Reablement Guidelines and Programs’ developed three publications including a handbook that contains reablement programs. Prior to this research there was little evidence on the benefits of reablement and restorative care for people with dementia.
The handbook outlines eight programs to improve function in everyday living activities that can be conducted by aged care providers, allied health and nursing professionals, and managers and care workers.
The technical guide presents information and research findings and the consumer booklet is designed for people with dementia and their family or carers and outlines what reablement is and the how the program works.
Resources (Second Edition)
Supporting independence and function in people living with dementia (sector handbook)
Supporting independence and function in people living with dementia (technical guide)
Supporting independence and function in people living with dementia (consumer booklet)
Research partner’s (HammondCare) webpage Supporting people living with dementia through reablement