Supporting people living with dementia through reablement

Designing and delivering reablement programs

Endeavouring to bridge the gap between research and practice, these three publications draw on the research evidence on reablement in dementia to provide practical, and evidence-informed reablement programs.

The technical guide, sector handbook and consumer booklet below are all results of the ‘reablement in dementia’ project, which builds on the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia published by the Cognitive Decline Partnership (CDPC) in 2016. These second editions follow an in-depth review process by the consumer advisory group.

Technical guide (2nd Edition) Technical guide cover

The technical guide contains the most detailed outline of the reablement interventions. It is targeted at the health professional planning or implementing a reablement service, and any person wanting to read a fuller account of the research findings, learn more about a specific reablement program, or identify the original research projects and protocols from which the interventions were derived.

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Sector handbook (2nd Edition)Handbook cover

The sector handbook is written primarily for aged care and service providers, allied health and nursing professionals, managers and care workers. People living with dementia and their carers or support persons may also find the handbook useful. The sector handbook presents the information detailed in the technical guide in a more accessible and summarised manner, focusing on the practical delivery of reablement programs.

Consumer booklet (2nd Edition)Consumer book cover

This booklet is primarily for the person living with dementia, but is also an overview for family carers, support persons and care workers.

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Evaluating reablement programs

Practitioner GuideReablement Guide HammondCare

This assessment guide is designed to be used by allied health practitioners who are delivering reablement programs to individuals living with dementia. The guide provides a structured approach to evaluating meaningful reablement program outcomes for the person living with dementia.

It involves three stages: (1) choosing therapy goals with clients using newly developed Reablement Goal Lists, (2) defining these goals using a new dementia-specific adaptation of the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) Framework, and (3) scoring using the Gas-Light adaptation of Goal Attainment Scaling to record and evaluate program outcomes. 

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Client WorkbookWorkbook HammondCare

This client workbook provides a summary of the practical content from the practitioner guide and is intended to be used ‘in the field’ as a workbook for allied health practitioners to use with individual clients.

If you have a client starting a new reablement program, print off a copy of this client workbook and work through it to guide goal setting by reviewing the relevant Reablement Goal Lists with your client. Once goals have been mutually agreed, practitioners can use the SMART Framework to define the goals ‘SMART’ly, and then apply GAS-Light to evaluate meaningful program outcomes.

Also included is a worksheet for your client to keep, which records their goals and reablement plan.

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