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Home care reablement for older people: economic evidence
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Home care reablement helps older people do things themselves, enabling them to re-learn skills and recover their confidence to live at home.
Studies have consistently shown that home care reablement leads to improved functioning and a decrease in dependence as well as reductions in ongoing home care.
Across different age groups, home care reablement for older people also has a high probability of reducing costs when compared with standard home care.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that every older person referred to home care should be offered reablement if it is indicated that person would benefit from it.
It is plausible that some people (e.g. those living alone) are less likely to benefit from reablement without additional support. Future research needs to focus on what populations should receive home care reablement and for how long.
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The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR, SSCR or the Department of Health and Social Care.