Sutton Health and Care Reablement Unit

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Reablement Unit

The Sutton Health and Care Reablement Unit provides short-term (seven days) intensive therapy and reablement for medically optimised patients before returning to their usual place of residence.

It will focuses on rehabilitation, planning for patients' discharge, and addressing their ongoing care and therapy needs.

In a bid to promote patient independence and enhance functional skills, we will be implementing an innovative model of care, including the development of reablement goals and the use of a therapy room equipped for gym-based rehabilitation. Our dedicated dining area will encourage patient independence, and we will promote the self-administration of medication.

Who will I see

A team consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, reablement assistants, nurses and pharmacists with GP support will be available to provide assessment and goal planning in collaboration with you.

What can I expect?

You will have a therapy session 1-2 times a day for exercise, mobility and individual goal practice plus other activities. In order to achieve your goals and best possible outcome it is expected that you willingly participate in every session with motivation.

We expect your length of stay to last no longer than seven days.

Discharge planning is part of your rehabilitation plan and will commence from initial assessment.

If there are any outstanding goals not achieved whilst on ward these can be referred on to the necessary community teams that are able to assess and continue goal/rehabilitation progress once home.

A referral to social services for a care package may be required if there are any ongoing care needs.

An access visit to your home by an occupational therapist or assistant practitioner may need to be completed. The access visit is to assess your home environment for falls risks, equipment and adaptation needs to promote independence and enable a safe discharge home.

To support your stay on SHC Reablement Unit, the following items will be required:

  • Day and night clothes and appropriate footwear for mobility
  • Toiletries
  • Mobility aid if you have been provided with one.

Visiting hours

The unit will open to visitors from 5pm Monday to Friday and from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday to ensure all patients have completed their daily rehab programme.

Visitors will be encouraged to continue patient care activities where safe and appropriate.

Visiting outside of these hours will be at the discretion of the staff.


The SHC Reablement Unit is located in Block K St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, SM5 1AA.

Reablement Unit Telephone Number: 020 8296 2733

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