Reablement is addressing the gap between what I am able to do today and what I am capable of doing. KeepAble has resources, success stories and answers to frequently asked questions around healthy ageing.  

We have put together some information, stories and resources which may give you a greater understanding of why and how, as we live longer, we can also improve the quality of our lives as we age.

What do you need to know about healthy ageing?

While good genes help, there are a number of ways to build a basis for healthy ageing. Includes:

Research has shown that the sooner someone stops doing things for themselves, the faster they lose their functional ability. By actively promoting physical health, as well as mental, emotional and spiritual health, you can keep able and live an independent life for longer.  

Professor Peter Gore from ADL Smartcare Ltd explains the LifeCurve™ in the video here. Wellness and Reablement approaches aim to assist people to perform daily tasks independently for as long as possible and enable older adults the ability to live better; adding life to years.

Look at some of our resources below such as the Make Your Move brochure to discover more about how you can help yourself get the most out of life.

What is wellness and reablement?

All service providers funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) are required to work with people in a manner that:

This means that service providers should generally not undertake tasks that people are capable of doing safely for themselves. This approach is known as wellness and reablement and aims to assist people to perform daily tasks on their own, so that they can maximise their independence and live a happier, healthier life.

What’s the difference between wellness and reablement?

Whilst wellness and reablement have similar aims around supporting people to enjoy a good quality of life and be as independent as possible, reablement is focused on short term support and helping people, where able, to adapt or regain the confidence and capacity to resume everyday activities without the need for support from aged care services. Click the image to preview the document.

What is reablement leaflet

What are good examples of wellness and reablement? 

In practice, wellness and reablement can mean different things for different people – it all depends on a person’s individual situation.

Below are some examples of how a service provider might work with you or your loved one.

You can review the FAQs (frequently asked questions) from clients and community at the bottom of this page.

Personal success stories

Learn about how Wellness and Reablement had a positive impact on these individuals.
  • John Quinn with wife on a beach
    Personal Perspective – Putting reablement into practice
    As a person living with Alzheimer’s disease, John Quinn is challenging the belief that a diagnosis means ‘end of life’. Here, he explains how, with adaptations and timely interventions, it is possible to live life well with dementia. Click here to read more.
  • Healthy ageing couple-smiling-in-the-sunshine
    Moving is good for us
    We all know moving more is good for us and the people we support. We know that we need to be more active but sometimes it can be difficult to get started. Click to read more.
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    ReAblement – Colin’s story – A UK example
    This short film was commissioned by Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset. “I have made very small steps which is quite surprisingly mounting up to be being to do as much as I can do now.” Click here to watch Colin’s story.

Resources for clients and community

Here’s a sample of useful resources for both older Australians and homecare staff.
Connections matter
Strong ties with family, friends and the community provide us with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical well being and can be a protective factor against anxiety and depression. Click here to review the article and download the ‘Connection Matter’ document.
Healthy ageing Elderly lady in the swimming pool
Make your move – sit less, be active for life
Being physically active and limiting your sedentary behaviour every day is essential for your health and wellbeing. This brochure presents Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for all adults aged 18 to 64 years, irrespective of cultural background, gender or ability. Click here to review this brochure.
Elderly man exercising with weights
Implementing reablement
The implementation of short-term reablement support involves active assessment, goal setting, planning, positive risk-taking and a focus on outcomes. Click here to find out more.
Elderly lady in garden picking tomatoes
Eat for health – Australian guide to healthy eating
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. Click here to review and download this leaflet.
Older man wearing a mask outside
Resources during COVID
The UNSW Ageing Futures Institute has compiled a series of resources and tips to help older people during times of physical distancing. Many of these resources have been suggested by our expert researchers and the UNSW community, and cover six domains of wellness. Review the PDF by clicking here.
Healthy ageing Elderly couple walking in the shallows on a beach
Life checks
Doing the Life Checks lets you see how you’re tracking to be healthy and comfortable in years to come. The Life Checks focus on health, finances, work and social life. Making positive changes is important for staying healthy and socially connected as we get older. Click here to read more.
Smiling elderly couple in nature surround
Ageing Well: maintaining health as we age
This quiz was designed to provide older adults with a quick and easy check-up on how we can maintain and improve our health. It provides practical tips and a range of resources for ageing well. If you are over 50 years, this document is for you! To take the quiz – click here.

Defining Longevity

In this sneak peek podcast of episode one of the Longevity Roadmap docu-series, host Dr. Mark Hyman dives into an overview of longevity and the difference between health span and life span.


FAQs from consumers

These are some of the common questions that have been raised by older people accessing information 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.

  • Reablement is short term support focused on helping you learn or re-learn the skills necessary for daily living. Reablement is targeted towards a specific goal or desired outcome to assist you to adapt to some functional loss or regain confidence and capacity to resume activities.

  • Implementing a wellness and reablement approach at the earliest opportunity, focusing on your goals to maintain or regain functional capacity and social connectedness can have significant long-term benefits for you.

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  • Any individual receiving support from a Commonwealth funded aged care program is eligible to participate in an opportunity to enable them to compete their activities independently. For more information, contact My Aged care.

    Go to My Aged Care website
  • If you are currently receiving support from a Commonwealth funded aged care program, you can discuss this approach with your service provider. If you are not currently receiving support, you can contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or via their website.

    Go to My Aged Care website
  • If your current support is provided in a ‘doing with’ approach and you are completing as much of your daily activities as you can, then your provider is working with you with a Wellness approach. If there is an activity you wish to learn or relearn, talk with your provider to plan how you can achieve this goal. Or for further information, you could speak with My Aged Care.

    Go to My Aged Care website
  • Yes, you will need to contact your provider to discuss with them how you wish to change your support plan and support to reflect a Wellness and Reablement approach. Or for further information, you could speak with My Aged Care.

    Go to My Aged Care website
  • Not necessarily, it depends on your provider and the recommendations you have decided upon to work towards becoming more independent in your everyday activities. Talk with your provider regarding any costs relating to your support plan. Or for further information, you could speak with My Aged Care.

    Go to My Aged Care website

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