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.