Unlike traditional home care services, restorative care (also known as reablement) focuses on promoting and optimizing functional independence rather than resolving health problems. Restorative care is about helping individuals adapt to their condition by learning or re-learning the skills needed to function in everyday life. Partners in Restorative Care helps improves existing home-based restorative care programs (e.g., Home First) by equipping health care providers with the skills and knowledge to engage with and support family caregivers as vital members of the restorative care team.
Restorative care programs are uniquely designed for post-acute discharge patients who are often seniors with physical or mental disabilities. Restorative care programs help individuals adapt to their condition by learning or re-learning the skills needed to function in everyday life. Family caregivers’ active involvement and understanding of the care interventions are essential to the success of these programs. Caregivers must have the familiarity, confidence and ability to support the care recipient’s recovery and independence. After completing the formal restorative care program, the caregiver will be the primary resource for their loved one. Currently, home care providers often lack the tools and strategies to engage with, educate and coach caregivers to provide home-based restorative care.
Partners in Restorative Care will bridge this gap by creating, testing and implementing co-designed educational programs.