At Sutherland Food Services, we are focused on working with you so that you can experience life to the fullest.

We embrace the concept of wellness and reablement (or enablement). We use a model of proactive care centred around capacity building as we encourage, facilitate and empower independence throughout daily living.

This approach aims to provide more favourable outcomes for consumers with improved wellness and increased independence, consequently reducing the cost and necessity of care. A true win-win situation, where we can achieve better client outcomes at a reduced cost.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is the optimisation of a person’s physical and mental health and well-being. Every individual has the capacity to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being. For many, this can be achieved through a flexible and tailored approach in the delivery of care, taking into account the individual’s unique set of circumstances and goals.

What is reablement?

Reablement is closely linked but distinct from wellness. It is the process of helping people regain, or re-learn, skills required for daily living which have been lost due to deteriorating health or advancing frailty. It is distinct from addressing specific health care issues.

Reablement programs are led by Allied Health professionals and are focused on engaging individuals in a program designed to improve their ability to perform specific activities of daily living and minimise the amount of care required for these activities.

Benefits to the Individual

  • Independence, empowerment and autonomy in managing their health and abilities.
  • Improved physical and emotional well-being.
  • Increased capability to perform everyday activities of daily living.
  • Reduced need for ongoing home care services.
  • Reduced risk of falls and fall-related injuries.
  • Avoiding hospital admission for reasons directly addressed by this program. For example, falls, medication or chronic disease mismanagement.

The Evidence

A study on reablement programs in the UK found:

  • 53-68% of people left the reablement program not requiring any immediate homecare
  • 36-48% of that group still required no homecare at 2 years
  • 34-54% had maintained or reduced their levels of care 2 years after reablement

Consumers on a reablement program had:

  • 71% had less difficulties with activities associated with daily living
  • 33% no longer needed ongoing care services
  • 39% needed a lower level of service

In keeping with this evidence-based best practice, Sutherland Food Services is embracing Wellness and Reablement as part of our service delivery.

If you have any questions about Sutherland Food Services,
please feel free to contact us.