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Living independently service/reablement

Sometimes you may require short term support to help you regain your independence. Our free, short term service is here to help adults to regain or maximise their independence to enable them to continue to live at home.

You might contact us yourself or on behalf of a friend or family member who may be finding it hard to cope at home. Our team is made up of social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, physiotherapists and rehabilitation workers.

You might need our support because you:

  • are returning home after a period in hospital or residential care
  • have new physical disabilities
  • are recovering form a period of illness
  • are older and need some support to remain living in your home
  • want to regain daily living skills and confidence to live independently

What is the process?

If you are eligible we will work with you to develop an individual support plan including goals to help you regain your independence. Your personal plan will include a range of support and could include: occupational therapy, telecare, help preparing meals or support for getting out and about in the community.

What happens after the process?

If you still have some longer term care and support needs after completion of the service we can arrange for a reassessment to allow us to plan and implement suitable long term support.

What if I don't qualify?

We can still provide you with information and advice about preventative services that can help you stay independent and prevent your situation from worsening.


Intermediate care services are provided free of charge, up to a maximum of six weeks.

Residential intermediate care

We offer a linked service in our residential intermediate care home. Generally people who have experienced a significant change to their life, due to illness or the onset of a disability, are offered a stay here. A short stay (of up to five weeks) is offered within the 24 hour care setting, to help people to regain their mobility and daily living skills.

There is no charge for this service.

Following a stay in hospital

If you need support following a discharge from hospital, you should be referred to the hospital social work team who work within the Dudley Group of Hospitals. Patients or their carers who would like support, advice or guidance from a social worker can ask ward staff to contact the Access Team.

The team will assess your needs and either provide you with appropriate advice and information or refer you to the living independently service. In some cases, once the hospital considers that you are medically fit for discharge, you may be offered what is called a 'step down' bed in a care home so that your ongoing needs can be assessed there.

You can find out more information and useful contacts on Living independently on Dudley Community Information Directory.