Oct 27
Western NSW LHD expanding transitional aged care program

A program to help patients improve their independence and confidence after a hospital stay continues to be rolled out across the Western NSW Local Health District.

The Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) targets older clients following a hospital stay who have the potential for continued recovery but require more time. The program provides a service either in a facility or at home (or a combination of both) with therapeutic and nursing/medical care services in which to recover, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, podiatry, speech therapy, counselling and social work.

The aim is to help older people to have sufficient time and support to fully recover and complete their restorative process so that they can manage independently or have ongoing long term care arranged, said Ms Debra Tooley, Manager , Rural and Remote Aged Care Service.

“Our Transitional Aged Care Program is part of the Western NSW Local Health District’s range of services intended to assist older people to restore their health and have every opportunity to be independent,” said Ms Tooley.

Thirty-nine TACP places continue to be offered across the LHD with facility and community places at Bathurst, Parkes, Narromine and Dubbo and the service has recently been extended to include Blayney, Orange and Walgett with an additional 28 places.

Ms Tooley said the Western NSW LHD is very pleased to be able to expand the TACP to other centres within the District. “This will mean many more choices for older people in managing their health and future.”

The TACP can be provided in either a community (non-hospital) or residential (home-like) setting for up to a maximum of 12 weeks (the average is 8 weeks). Clients need to be in hospital and assessed as eligible and that they are able to benefit from a TACP by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) prior to engaging in a TACP service.

“Sometimes older people need a little longer to improve their mobility and physical functioning generally. TACP can help him or her to regain their daily living skills following hospitalisation but in a more conducive environment that is centred on the client’s individual needs.”

Ms Tooley said the program seeks to ensure that the older person and his or her family are actively involved in the goal setting and planning for their interventions and care while in the TACP and remain active in reviewing progress and making adjustments to their care as required.

The NSW Government and Australian Governments jointly fund the Transitional Aged Care Program.

For more information about Transitional Aged Care Program, go to http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/Publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-policy-transition.htm