The team will either help you relearn skills which you have lost as a result of a health problem, or to learn new ways to do things. They will:
- assess what your current problems are
- agree a set of goals with you based on what you want to achieve
- work with you over a period of time - normally up to six weeks - to achieve these goals.
Your goals will vary greatly depending on your needs; for example you may be aiming to walk by yourself to the local shops, to get into the bath, to wash your feet, or to use cutlery to cut up your food.
The CIS may help you to practice particular day-to-day skills (known as 'reablement'), or to agree an exercise programme to build up your strength and to achieve your goals (known as 'rehabilitation'). Depending on your situation you will complete the exercises with a member of the team, or by yourself.
Sometimes you will be provided with gadgets (known as assistive technology or Telecare) or other equipment to assist you to do things more independently.