British Red Cross – New Reablement Service pilot scheme in Falkirk District

(L-R): Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East, Margaret-Anne MacMillan, British Red Cross Service Manager, Susan McKendrick, British Red Cross Service Co-ordinator, Diane Stewart, CVS Falkirk, April Beattie, ReACH NHS Forth Valley and David Miller, Operations Director for East Scotland.

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East visited the new Red Cross Reablement Service. The Reablement service is a volunteer led service and there a still opportunities to volunteer. The British Red Cross is holding two open days on Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th April, 10am - 3pm in the Falkirk Office.

This new service is unique to Falkirk District and was started in January 2013. Working in partnership with NHS Forth Valley’s ReACH team and supported by CVS Falkirk, the Reablement Service, which is funded by the Partnership Innovation Fund, provides short-term rehabilitation support in the home for over 65’s following discharge from hospital.

NHS Forth Valley’s ReACH team has provided intense rehabilitation in the home to older people following an accident or illness for some time. Previously the team were finding that, despite people being medically fit at the end of the programme, individuals felt uneasy about their ability to manage on their own.

The Red Cross and ReACH have come together to address this by providing additional support to people for that little bit longer. Specially trained Red Cross volunteers will now step in when ReACH services stop. The volunteers will play a key role in rebuilding that person’s confidence, giving them the support and encouragement to regain their independence.

Commenting after his visit to the service, Mr MacDonald said:

“The British Red Cross Reablement Service is an innovative approach to partnership and we are fortunate to have the service based in Falkirk District. The close working relationship that NHS Forth Valley’s ReACH team has developed with the Red Cross is an excellent example of integrated social care.

“The help this service offers doesn’t stop with the person simply being “fit for discharge”, it continues to work with people until they get back to their normal life in their own community.

“It is not just the person discharged from hospital who benefits from this service, but their family and friends who are also helped during this a short period of time.”

David Miller, Red Cross operations director for East Scotland said:

“This new service will help older people, who have had an illness or accident, regain their independence and help them live confidently in their own home.

“It will also help to reduce the length of hospital stays and prevent unnecessary re-admissions.”


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