All Aboard A New Reablement Journey
Last week, in Learning Disability Today, a new scheme was launched – “A New Reablement Journey”. (You can read more about it here – http://www.learningdisabilitytoday.co.uk/from_a_service_to_a_life.aspx).
The broad ideas of the scheme sound fabulous and the writer, Ruth Gorman’s enthusiasm for the scheme is definitely infectious. My fear is what will happen to these interesting ideas when they land on Planet Social Care and into the hands of the LA’s efficiency savings brigade. Will it go the same way as most of the other big ideas and get presented as one thing, whilst hiding the real agenda – cutting budgets.
I fear that the writer may have opened the door to potential misappropriation by the language used in the launch (“Oh no, here he goes again. That Neary has always got something or other about language”). It’s frustratingly vague. I’m not even sure if “reablement” is a real word – it comes up as a spelling mistake when I proofread this post”. Is “reablement” from the same family as “enablement” and “empowerment”? And whats with the “re”? Did I have once have ablement, lost it, and have now got it back it again? Do I reable myself? Does someone reable me? I don’t know. And is it just me, but I get a bit cringey at “journeys” – it smacks of Denise Van Outen on Strictly Come Dancing.
When I’ve written about the language of Planet Social Care, some commentators have just picked up on my irritation of jargon. But that’s only a minor point. My main beef is the disguise of the language, or rather what is being disguised by the language. Surely, the best operating principle is that the clearer the language, the less chance it has of being hijacked.
All professions have their own language. I work on Planet Counselling and the climatic conditions there are foggy with terms like: counter transference, unconditional positive regard and locus of evaluation. I like reading other counsellor’s websites to see how they describe their services – “I will accompany you with my empathy as you experience the emptiness and despair of your void”. If I was a client, I’d run a mile from that – “You’re not coming anywhere near my void, thank you very much”. I have never used that langauge with a client, or if I did, I’d make sure they had a short tutorial first on what it meant. “You know your problem Bob – you’ve got a rigid external locus of evaluation”. Bob would think I’ve gone mad. In my professional world the language can be about power but I seldom find that it is used to conceal another agenda. I only ever really come across that in the social care world.
So, good luck to the New Reablement Journey. I really hope it succeeds.
I just wish it had a better name, that’s all.
Update 15.56pm on 15th September
Here is the link to the full New Reablement Journey implementation plan – http://www.imagineactandsucceed.co.uk/Agenda/1-Implementing-the-new-reablement-Journey-IAS.aspx
I’m getting more and more cross, the more I read. Have I got this right? – it’s another layer in the assessment process! LAs will contract out this reablement implementation to an organisation, who take charge of setting up the person’s “journey”. It talks about a more “richer, natural” service but surely it will mean that money will be siphoned off the money available to the service user (as they will be encouraged to use more natural resources other than paid support). That money will then be free to go to the organisation setting up the journey.
Could someone get to the end of this document (I had to have a lie down after “harvesting” and please tell me I’ve got the wrong end of the stick.
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