A recent systematic review investigated the outcomes reported for reablement (restorative care) services delivered as home-care services for older adults at risk of functional decline. Reablement services of this type are often time-limited (between six to twelve weeks duration) and work towards maximising independence through intensive multidisciplinary and person-centred interventions.
Time-limited home-care reablement services for the maintenance or improvement of functional independence of older adults (aged 65 years and over) were compared with usual home-care
As is quite common with this kind of study, the authors remain uncertain as to the effectiveness of reablement compared with usual care; given that the evidence for the outcomes reported was judged to be of low quality. The authors are unconvinced on many counts, in the absence of what they consider to be robust evidence; and accordingly they recommend more high quality trials in different health and social care systems, internationally, to help assess the effectiveness and safety of this type of reablement.
Cochrane, A. Furlong, M. [and] McGilloway, S. [et al] (2016). Time-limited home-care reablement services for maintaining and improving the functional independence of older adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. October 11th 2016; 10: CD010825.
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