The New RISE Reablement Centre
Regenerate-RISE has been fundraising to build a 10 bed unit to enable older people to rehabilitate after staying in hospital, before being able to return home. We have been planning this project for 8 years and have purchased the two flats on the first floor as the 1st stage. We have worked with the Senior Management Team at Livability over the years and were very saddened to hear that they have decided to sell the building. We are looking into whether we can purchase it in order that our vision, although delayed, can still be the future. We are lookng currently at our options and will keep the website updated with any news. We have appreciated so much all the support from the local community throughout the Covid-19 crisis, it has been amazing and it is our intention to continue to serve the community across Wandsworth in reaching the isolated elderly through a programme of care and support that meets the needs of older people. Our service may have to change as we are living in very challenging times but the team is committed to making a difference to individual lives.
"We believe that Reablement includes social interaction, eating together, physical exercise and giving people the will to live again - through a programme of tailored individual support"
Our aim will be to signpost patients to services close to where they live as well as providing a volunteer to visit and support them at home. A stay would be between 1 and 6 weeks and we would work closely with local care homes to place patients if that is what they needed. However, we would always try and rehabilitate people to return home with sufficient support in place and spending time in the residential unit will allow staff to liaise with Adult Social Services to put adequate care packages in place and carry out any alterations to their home.
June is just one of the ladies who would have benefited from a stay when she came out of hospital. Instead, she went straight to a care home, never returning to her home that she loved.
Rose was our inspiration behind the Reablement Centre. At the age of 90 she was admitted to Charring Cross Hospital and desperately wanted to return home. She lay in hospital staring at the blank walls watching the clock for visitors. She stopped eating as she didn't want to live anymore. Unfortunately she lived on the third floor of a block of flats without a lift and she couldn't manage the stairs. Regenerate-RISE supported her and persuaded her to eat again, she never went home and later on died in Trinity Hospice. We believe that if Rose had been able to come to the Reablement Centre, we could have helped her to choose where she lived and what she took with her, whilst at the same time, being amongst friends.