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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2016

Time-Limited Home-Care Reablement Services for Maintaining and Improving the Functional Independence of Older Adults

Description of Resource: 
Reablement is an approach to home-care services for older adults who are at risk of functional decline. Unlike traditional home care, reablement is frequently time-limited (usually 6 to 12 weeks) and aims to maximize independence through a multidisciplinary, person-centered intervention. This systematic review aimed to assess the effect of time-limited home-care reablement services for maintaining and improving the functional independence of older adults when compared to usual home care or a waitlisted control group. It identified 2 studies with 811 participants. It found very low-quality evidence that could not support or refute the effectiveness of reablement services. There is an urgent need for high-quality trials due to the increasingly high profile of reablement services in policy and practice in several countries.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Older Adults
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
Cochrane A, Furlong M, McGilloway S, Molloy DW, Stevenson M, Donnelly M. Time-limited home-care reablement services for maintaining and improving the functional independence of older adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Apr 30];(10). Art. No.: CD010825. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010825.pub2. Available from: http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010825.pub2/full