Wellness and reablement approaches in aged care | KeepAble
Here you will find practical resources to implement and report outcomes on Wellness and Reablement delivery in your organisation. We want to collate your success stories as they evolve, from the perspective of staff and clients of your organisation.

Creating evidence of Wellness and Reablement approaches

Providing “evidence of progress” towards embedding wellness and reablement is a responsibility of all service providers.

Working with and learning from other providers on how they have gone about it and their stories or evidence of change and positive client outcomes can be very beneficial.

The KeepAble team would love to be able to support you in this process by collating your stories (whether they be organisational, staff or clients) and then sharing these so that others can learn from you.

This could include:

  • What you’ve introduced in your organisation to support staff to better understand wellness and reablement approaches
  • How you are supporting staff to work with your clients on their goals
  • What outcome measures you are using to measure progress
  • Examples of positive outcomes for your clients and/or your staff
  • Ways you support clients and their families to understand wellness and reablement
  • How risks were considered in a positive risk taking environment

If you are interested in contributing, please register with us and we look forward to hearing more from you.

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Resources for Homecare Providers

Here are some useful resources to help your organisation deliver Wellness and Reablement.
  • Planning for the delivery of Wellness and reablement within an organisation
    Where are you on wellness and reablement delivery?
    The maturity of Wellness and Reablement approaches varies between providers. Consumers, assessors and providers are all at different stages of their journey. See what our guide says about the actions at each level.
  • Support worker writing a report
    Preparing your annual wellness and reablement report
    Compiling your annual wellness and reablement report requires preparation and ensuring you have collected the right data.
  • Group discussing Wellness and reablement implementation
    It’s time to get serious about goal setting
    For those accessing aged care supports, setting goals and planning towards achieving them provides the person a voice, making them and what they wish to achieve the focal point of the support being provided.
  • A group of seniors practicing healthy ageing
    Rethinking Group Social Support
    Many of the individuals who join group social activities within CHSP social centres have previously created and belonged to a ‘social life‘ of their choice which may have been comprised of a social network of one other person or have been a network of many.
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    Group Social Support – It starts with a conversation
    Initial conversations undertaken with clients need to explore how they previously socialised, what prevents them from returning to previous activities, how long has it been, and how do they envisage their social network to look in the future.
  • Guide to writing support plans
    A support plan provides guidance to clients and support staff so they can work together to achieve the clients’ goals.
  • Assistive technology clothing assistance
    Assistive Technology Essentials (Part one)
    The aim of this guide is to build awareness and knowledge amongst Commonwealth Home Support Programme
    (CHSP) service providers and the broader aged care sector of the benefits of Assistive Technology (AT) and the role it plays as part of a wellness and reablement service delivery approach with improved outcomes for older people.
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    Support workers guide to equipment (Assistive Technology)
    Learn how low level assistive technology can help maximise independence, especially for homecare clients.
  • CHSP at clients home working through the support plan
    Measuring client outcomes
    At the very core of embedding a culture of wellness and reablement is a shift for organisations in how they measure success. 
  • Assessment meeting for a client
    Essential steps for successful coaching
    We review some steps so you can provide an effective coaching session to support workers within your organisation.
  • Making Choices finding solutions brochure cover
    Making choices, finding solutions
    This guide has been developed so people can make informed decisions when choosing assistive technology and home modification solutions.
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“There is considerable scope to improve quality of life by improving fitness, supporting social engagement, developing creativity, and fostering self-care skills.
Fine 2020

Articles from wellness and reablement leaders

Read the perspectives of leaders who are keen to pass on their knowledge about implementing the wellness and reablement approach.
Elderly man going through a reablement program
Glen Sorensen
Glen has specialised in Wellness and Reablement for the last seven years. In this article, Glen discusses how to successfully implement a Wellness and Reablement approach by partnering with consumers. Click here to view.
staying active and ageing well
Hilary O’Connell
Hilary has over 20 years of experience working in aged care and advising on Wellness and Reablement. Hilary submitted a paper to the Royal Commission about Aged Care, Quality and Safety titled Reablement – Simply the right thing to do. Click here to review.
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Professor Michael Fine
In an edition of Aged Care Insite, Professor Michael Fine described Reablement as “the best aged care policy no one has ever heard of”. Click here to read the full article.

Presentations on Wellness and Reablement

Check out some of the key sector presentations delivered over the past six years. Click an image to review the presentations.
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Lidia Conci – Wellness, reablement and purposeful ageing
In this digital presentation, Lidia Conci Managing Director at AvantiCare, asks “What does it (wellness and reablement) really mean for aged care?”. There are some valuable insights within for other organisations looking to do the same.
Troy Speirs – LASA 2018
In 2018, LASA’s Principal Advisor Home Care, Troy Speirs, delivered an excellent presentation on Wellness and Reablement at their annual conference. Starting by describing the why of Wellness and Reablement and concluded by discussing the responsibilities of service providers in working towards approaches of delivery. Check out his presentation here.
Carrie Hayter – Active Ageing Conference 2015
Listen to Carrie’s podcast presentation at the 2015 Active Ageing Conference, where Carrie suggests that service providers needed to engage with research when developing and implementing Wellness and Reablement approaches, and be clear about the benefits to clients who may reject the concept, or not understand what it meant. Click to hear the podcast.

Australian Government Perspective

Review some of the documentation which has helped shape the Australian Governments Wellness and Reablement initiative.
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    Wellness and Reablement – Summary of Consultations across the Home Care Sector – Nous Group Report 2017
    This report summarises what the aged home care sector reported about their understanding and uptake of wellness and reablement approaches in the home care sector. It shows strong support for these approaches, and includes examples of how the sector is changing and overcoming barriers. Click here to review this document.
  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Manual 2020-2022
    This manual is for service providers who work with the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). It provides guidelines to the sector on how to deliver the CHSP program and covers service provider and departmental responsibilities. The latest version was published June 2021.
  • Support worker with elderly couple
    Living well at home: CHSP Good Practice Guide
    Service providers are expected to adopt a wellness approach in their service delivery practices. This guide explains what good practice looks like in home support services, and what organisations and individual workers can do to successfully adopt these approaches. Review and download the document by clicking here.
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Policy and research resources

Find updated policy and research evidence here. Click each heading to find out more.
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Unpacking Reablement AAG: Fact Sheets
With the support of an expert reference group, AAG has launched a range of six fact sheets and videos regarding terminology, current practices and case studies, international guidance documents and supporting evidence.
AAG grey literature library
AAG Grey Literature Library
Make use of the Australian Association of Gerontology’s (AAG’s) Grey Literature Library to broaden and review your knowledge via resources that exist outside of usual academic sources. It provides you with the opportunity to engage with a catalogue of relevant policy, webinars, fact sheets and reports.
AAg position paper - wellness and Reablement
AAG Position Paper: Wellness and Reablement
On 31 July 2020, AAG published its Position Paper: ‘Wellness and Reablement for all Australians receiving home, community, and residential aged care services’. The aim is to provide clear direction to the Australian Government, policymakers and service providers on the core principles of wellness and reablement in aged care that must be upheld in order to meet the needs, strengths, and preferences of Australians as they age.

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