Supporting older people's recovery after illness or injury

Delaying and reducing the need for care and support with earlier diagnosis, intervention and reablement, means that older people and their carers are less dependent on intensive services. It is also crucial that this support is delivered in appropriate settings and enables people to regain their independence.

How successful are reablement services for older people?

Here we are looking at the impact that reablement, intermediate care or rehabilitation services have on older people following a hospital episode. The measure of success is the proportion of people who received a reablement service who are still living in their own home 91 days after discharge. The proportion of older people at home after 91 days has varied little over time. It has remained relatively steady, ranging from 81.2% in 2009/10 to 82.7% in 2015/16.

Updated November 2016.

How does successful reablement vary by age and sex?

While the proportion of people still living at home 91 days after discharge is a measure of the success of the reablement service, we know that rates will vary by both the age and sex of the service user. Unsurprisingly, success rates fall as age increases. The smallest proportion of people at home after 91 days are in the oldest age group (85 and over). In 2015/16, 82.0% of females 85 and over and 77.3% of males 85 and over were living at home 91 days after discharge. Considering all people aged 65 and over, we see higher success with these services for women compared to men. The proportion of women who received a reablement service who were still living at home 91 days after discharge was higher in each year compared to all males.

Updated November 2016.

What proportion of older people can access a reablement service?

The proportion of older people (over 65) discharged from a hospital episode who were offered a reablement or rehabilitation service has varied little over time. However there has been a small decrease from 3% in 2010/11 to 2.9% in 2015/16. Although not shown here there has been a rise in the total number of older people discharged (and therefore eligible for these services) since 2010/11 and the number of people being offered a reablement/rehabilitation service has fluctuated. In 2010/11, roughly 36,600 people were offered a service compared to around 42,500 in 2015/16.

Updated November 2016.

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