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Regaining your independence

If you are struggling with everyday tasks as a result of an illness, a hospital stay or disability, you could get help to regain your skills and stay independent.

You could get short term support, known as reablement, which can help you relearn the skills you need for independent daily living. It helps you avoid going into hospital or receiving care when you don't need to.

Reablement is free for up to 6 weeks and helps with:

  • getting up, washing and dressing
  • preparing meals and snacks
  • taking medication
  • getting about at home and outside
  • household tasks, such as shopping and laundry
  • getting involved in social and leisure activities
  • accessing advice and information that may be useful to you

How your reablement is provided depends on where you live. You could get support from:

  • nurses
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists 
  • physiotherapists
  • psychotherapists 
  • speech and language therapists
  • health and social care assistants, support workers and care workers

How to access the reablement service

You need a referral after a hospital stay to get the service. You can also get a referral from a social worker, a GP or a community matron.

Essex County Council's reablement service is provided by:



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