Caerphilly County Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council reviewed its homecare services and found that they were not maximising opportunities for maintaining the independence of frail and elderly people.
The Council's Cabinet agreed changes in July 2007 that involved a 40 per cent expansion of the Council's reablement service and a greater focus on promoting independence. Reablement clients used to be handpicked but the Council now operates an intake model where all service users, including those who are frail and elderly, go through the six week programme of reablement. Clients requiring ongoing care following a period of reablement are provided with care from the in-house service if they have significantly complex needs or from the independent sector if their needs are less complex.
Currently, two thirds of clients going through reablement no longer require any ongoing assistance at the end of the six week period.