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Council launches service to retain independence
9:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE County Council is launching a new service to help people remain independent and be able to live in their own homes for longer.
The new Reablement and Assessment of Care Team service (REACT) will step in when people referred to adult social care services are struggling to remain independent in their homes.
It will provide short-term support and encouragement to help people regain as much confidence and independence as possible, enabling them to carry out daily tasks themselves, rather than relying on continued care.
The REACT service will work closely with occupational therapists and physiotherapists to develop personalised reablement plans to help people in their homes for up to six weeks.
The care and support will be delivered jointly by an independent organisation and the county council’s community response teams (CRT).
A REACT pilot has already proven successful in Hampshire with 30 per cent of people undergoing reablement via REACT needing no further care.
Executive member for adult social care, councillor Anna McNair Scott, said: “To meet the changing needs and aspirations of older people the council is adapting the way care is delivered.
“Prevention is one of our main priorities and this includes investing in community based services, such as REACT that promote independence and choice and have better outcomes as well as being a crucial way of reducing the costs to health and social care services.”
The new service will be implemented across the county by the end of June 2014.
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