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Compiled by a team of dedicated professionals, KeepAble is an online collaborative hub for practical content that supports home and community care providers to deliver wellness and reablement approaches.

These insights and ideas aim to assist providers to work with and empower older people to optimise their independence and live life well for longer.

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According to research, the key to ageing well and living a good quality of life for longer is to compress functional decline by living more healthy years rather than just living longer. This can be achieved by:

  • moving regularly – through everyday activities and exercise
  • staying socially connected
  • maintaining a balanced diet, and
  • having a sense of purpose.

KeepAble aims to do what the name suggests. We’re dedicated to finding and sharing evidence-based research, resources and real-life stories about ageing well, so older people can live well for longer.

Here, you’ll find content that helps deliver wellness and reablement in actionable steps, coupled with Australian Government materials such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Manual and the Living Well At Home: CHSP Good Practice Guide.

Resources for home care providers about ageing well

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Content for homecare providers

Here are some of the most popular articles, tools and resources for homecare providers. Click on a title to read more.
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Why wellness and reablement is everybody’s business
To understand the importance of wellness and reablement, you first need to understand the science of ageing well and the impact of ageism in Australia.
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Let’s talk about wellness and reablement
Wellness and reablement is an important topic in aged care. Specifically, it builds on people’s strengths and goals to promote greater independence and autonomy.
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A cultural change
Change is needed at every level within aged care organisations. As a result, staff need to view success as a client who requires less support after regaining a skill or the confidence to achieve their goals.
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Implementing reablement
The implementation of short-term reablement support generally involves active assessment, goal setting, planning, positive risk taking and a focus on outcomes.
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Reablement and diversity
Wellness and reablement approaches apply to people from all cultural backgrounds. Therefore, it’s important that the information they receive is culturally appropriate and provides opportunities to optimise their independence and wellbeing.
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Living well with dementia
Exercise can help people living with dementia to maintain or improve everyday function and independence.

Resources for Homecare Providers

Here are some useful resources to help your organisation deliver Wellness and Reablement.

Resources for clients and community

Here’s a collection of resources about ageing well – including tips on moving more and staying socially connected.
Connections matter
Strong ties with family and friends provide us with security, support and a sense of purpose. As a result, staying connected can be a protective factor against anxiety and depression.
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Make your move – sit less, be active for life
Being physically active and limiting sedentary behaviour is essential for your health and wellbeing. This brochure outlines Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for all adults.
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Eat for health – Australian guide to healthy eating
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice, particularly about the amount and kind of food we need to eat for health and wellbeing.
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COVID-19 resources
Physical distancing has presented new challenges for older Australians. As a result, the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute has compiled resources to help older people during COVID-19.
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Life checks
Life checks lets you see how you’re tracking, particularly in regard to health, finances, work and social life. Making positive changes, such as staying socially connected, is important for ageing well.
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Ageing well: maintaining health as we age
This free quiz provides older adults with a quick and easy check-up on how to maintain and improve their health. So if you’re 50 years young or more, this information and quiz is for you!

Personal perspectives

Read some success stories about older people improving their independence.
  • Elderly man exercising with weights
    Getting back to before
    Phil had a fall at home. As a result, he became concerned about getting back to his usual routine and reconnecting with others. His GP made a referral through My Aged Care so Phil could get back on his feet. Read this story of empowerment from Phil’s perspective.
  • Support worker reviewing a clients support plan
    Small things can make a big difference
    An Aged Care Assessor went through some of the everyday activities that Claire and her husband were managing in their home, such as showering and dressing. During this process, Claire and her husband realised there were simple things they could use to make their lives easier.
  • Elderly man out walking in the city
    Getting out and about to reconnect
    After Stan stopped driving, he decided it was time to get some help so he could reconnect with his family and friends. Read about how Stan uses a mobile app and public transport to stay connected.

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General FAQ for KeepAble

We answer your most common questions about Wellness and Reablement.
  • Wellness is an approach that builds on the strengths, capacity, and goals of individuals and encourages actions that promote a level of independence in daily living tasks, as well as reducing risks to living safely at home. ​ It is ‘doing with’ people ‘not doing for’ them.

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  • Reablement involves time-limited interventions that are targeted towards a person’s specific goal or desired outcome to adapt to some functional loss or regain confidence and capacity to resume activities.

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  • Wellness and Reablement are closely aligned as the same principles apply to both but Reablement is time-limited, focused support with the aim to get a person back to doing everyday tasks themselves.

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  • Service providers are required to work with older people to maximise their independence and enable them to remain living safely in their home and the community. This means that services should generally not undertake tasks that the client can do safely themselves. The longer the client avoids reliance on ongoing services, the longer they are likely to maintain their functional independence.

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  • The approach known as Wellness and Reablement builds on people’s strengths and goals to promote greater independence and autonomy. Offering care that focuses on individual client goals and recognises the importance of client participation is fundamental to the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

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  • Traditional models of service delivery that focus on what a client can’t do, rather than what they can, tend to lead to an over-reliance on services by clients, which has been linked with accelerated functional decline and an increase in dependence on support.

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  • Research suggests that people living with dementia can maintain their functional ability for longer, improve aspects of their day-to-day lives, or reduce the rate of decline in their ability, through specific approaches that are consistent with the term ‘reablement’. A focus on improving or maintaining functional ability may also lead to other beneficial outcomes, such as improved quality of life and independence, or the ability to remain living at home for longer.

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  • Yes, the Wellness and Reablement approach applies to people from all cultural backgrounds. It is important that the information they receive is culturally appropriate and understood by the individual. There should be opportunities provided to those individuals to build their capacity and be as independent as possible in their daily activities.

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