April 2017

Review into wellness and reablement in home care

The Commonwealth Department of Health has commissioned a review into the adoption of wellness and reablement in government-funded home care programs.  Home care service providers and consumer representatives are being consulted as part of the review process.

The Department has commissioned consultancy firm Nous Group to undertake the national review which aims to support the ongoing implementation of wellness and reablement. 

Wellness involves building on the strengths and goals of individuals to promote independence in daily living tasks. Reablement involves short-term interventions to adapt to functional loss or to regain confidence and capacity.

The following Commonwealth-funded aged care programmes that are in scope for this review include the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), Home Care Packages (HCP), Transition Care, Short Term Restorative Care (STRC), and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) programmes.

How to get involved

Home care service providers can take part in an anonymous self-assessment tool by the end of April 2017. This will help build a map of sector maturity and support further change in the sector.  Providers can also share stories of successes or barriers to implementation of wellness and reablement approaches.

Consumers, carers and advocates can share experiences of wellness and reablement through a consumer survey closing May 2017.

For more information or to complete the assessment tool/survey, visit the review website at www.wellnessreablementreview.com.au