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Compiled by a team of dedicated professionals, KeepAble is an online collaborative hub for practical content that supports home and community care providers to deliver wellness and reablement approaches.

These insights and ideas aim to assist providers to work with and empower older people to optimise their independence and live life well for longer.

We have also been recognised by ACSA gaining two nominations for their Aged Care Awards 2021 celebrating outstanding achievements and contributions made by organisations, teams, and individuals in the aged care industry throughout the year.

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Working together to bring wellness and reablement to life

According to research, the key to ageing well and living a good quality of life for longer is to compress functional decline by living more healthy years rather than just living longer. This can be achieved by:

  • moving regularly – through everyday activities and exercise
  • staying socially connected
  • maintaining a balanced diet, and
  • having a sense of purpose.

KeepAble aims to do what the name suggests. We’re dedicated to finding and sharing evidence-based research, resources and real-life stories about ageing well, so older people can live well for longer.

Here, you’ll find content that helps deliver wellness and reablement in actionable steps, coupled with Australian Government materials such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Manual and the Living Well At Home: CHSP Good Practice Guide.

Resources for home care providers about ageing well

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More articles published online from KeepAble

Here are a few articles published on the digital platform of the Australian Ageing Agenda from KeepAble
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Understanding the science of ageing well
The Team at KeepAble has set out to present facts and information about the science of ageing well and the importance of creating opportunities for consumers of aged care services to continue doing the things they enjoy and to live better for longer. 
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Are you game ready to deliver wellness and reablement?
As the Tokyo Olympics began, knowing what it takes to succeed at any level we choose to participate in, it is perhaps a timely reminder for us to ask the questions on our level of performance in the aged care sector.
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Healthy ageing: the time to start is now
Once upon a time, there were some inevitabilities to old age, such as losing independence, quality of life, and worsening chronic diseases. The good news is that every individual has a choice to change that. 
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KeepAble provides access to trusted resources
Independent Living Assessment Inc. recently launched KeepAble as a new online Wellness and Reablement knowledge and resource hub for home care providers, people working in the aged care sector, clients, and communities across Australia.
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Redefine what’s possible with KeepAble, to add more good days and make every opportunity matter.

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More like this

Here is a further choice of articles and stories that we think you will like and find interesting.
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Why Wellness and Reablement are important in Aged Care
To understand why Wellness and Reablement are important, you first need to understand the science of ageing well, some facts about healthy ageing and the impact of ageism within Australian society.
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Personal Perspective – Getting out and about to reconnect
After he stopped driving, Stan decided it was time to get some help to be able to reconnect with his family and friends using a mobile app and public transport.
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Taking Care of Cultural and Spiritual Wellness
Paul’s story highlights the importance of providing services in a culturally appropriate way. It demonstrates the need to listen, to be supportive and patient, and that it may take some time to get to the real issues and real goals.
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All our stories in one place
This is the main page to choose a variety of our good news stories.

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.
  • group social support playing bowls
    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.
  • Using AT knife to help cut vegetables
    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.

Resources for clients and community

Here’s a collection of resources about ageing well – including tips on moving more and staying socially connected.
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Connections matter
Strong ties with family and friends provide us with security, support and a sense of purpose. As a result, staying connected can be a protective factor against anxiety and depression.
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Make your move – sit less, be active for life
Being physically active and limiting sedentary behaviour is essential for your health and wellbeing. This brochure outlines Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for all adults.
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Eat for health – Australian guide to healthy eating
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice, particularly about the amount and kind of food we need to eat for health and wellbeing.
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COVID-19 resources
Physical distancing has presented new challenges for older Australians. As a result, the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute has compiled resources to help older people during COVID-19.
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Life checks
Life checks lets you see how you’re tracking, particularly in regard to health, finances, work and social life. Making positive changes, such as staying socially connected, is important for ageing well.
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Ageing well: maintaining health as we age
This free quiz provides older adults with a quick and easy check-up on how to maintain and improve their health. So if you’re 50 years young or more, this information and quiz is for you!

Personal perspectives

Read some success stories about older people improving their independence.
  • Elderly man exercising with weights
    Getting back to before
    Phil had a fall at home. As a result, he became concerned about getting back to his usual routine and reconnecting with others. His GP made a referral through My Aged Care so Phil could get back on his feet. Read this story of empowerment from Phil’s perspective.
  • Support worker reviewing a clients support plan
    Small things can make a big difference
    An Aged Care Assessor went through some of the everyday activities that Claire and her husband were managing in their home, such as showering and dressing. During this process, Claire and her husband realised there were simple things they could use to make their lives easier.
  • Elderly man out walking in the city
    Getting out and about to reconnect
    After Stan stopped driving, he decided it was time to get some help so he could reconnect with his family and friends. Read about how Stan uses a mobile app and public transport to stay connected.

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General FAQ for KeepAble

We answer your most common questions 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.

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  • Reablement involves time-limited interventions that are targeted towards a person’s specific goal or desired outcome to adapt to some functional loss or regain confidence and capacity to resume activities.

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  • Wellness and Reablement are closely aligned as the same principles apply to both but Reablement is time-limited, focused support with the aim to get a person back to doing everyday tasks themselves.

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  • Service providers are required to work with older people to maximise their independence and enable them to remain living safely in their home and the community. This means that services should generally not undertake tasks that the client can do safely themselves. The longer the client avoids reliance on ongoing services, the longer they are likely to maintain their functional independence.

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  • The approach known as Wellness and Reablement builds on people’s strengths and goals to promote greater independence and autonomy. Offering care that focuses on individual client goals and recognises the importance of client participation is fundamental to the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

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  • Traditional models of service delivery that focus on what a client can’t do, rather than what they can, tend to lead to an over-reliance on services by clients, which has been linked with accelerated functional decline and an increase in dependence on support.

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  • Research suggests that people living with dementia can maintain their functional ability for longer, improve aspects of their day-to-day lives, or reduce the rate of decline in their ability, through specific approaches that are consistent with the term ‘reablement’. A focus on improving or maintaining functional ability may also lead to other beneficial outcomes, such as improved quality of life and independence, or the ability to remain living at home for longer.

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  • Yes, the Wellness and Reablement approach applies to people from all cultural backgrounds. It is important that the information they receive is culturally appropriate and understood by the individual. There should be opportunities provided to those individuals to build their capacity and be as independent as possible in their daily activities.

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