Older persons at Blayney Hospital are benefiting from a program which aims to prevent them from going into residential aged care facilities prematurely or unnecessarily.
According to Coordinator of the Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) Paula Zito, the program gives the patient more time to recuperate and become rehabilitated so that they may achieve their optimum level of health before returning home to live independently.
“Often when an older person has an acute medical episode, such as a fractured bone, they take longer to become well. They may already have a chronic condition like arthritis, which can slow down the process of recovery,” said Ms Zito.
“Under the TACP, Blayney Hospital patients still have access to nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical assistance. By working with the patient and their family, we can work out a plan using the health physicians at the hospital to ensure the patient can achieve their goals and reach their best level of health before leaving”.
The TACP program runs for up to 12 weeks, with four patients at a time. To be eligible the patient must be assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and recommended to the program. They must be over 65 years old and medically stable, as well as have the capacity to improve their level of functioning and independence to go home with or without services in place.
“Sometimes the patient may not completely recover back to the level of independence that they were before the hospital stay and may need some assistance to live independently through the provision of services,” said Ms Zito.
“We can organise these services within the 12 weeks of the TACP before they are discharged”.
For further information contact Blayney Hospital on 6368 9000 or the Aged Care Access Centre on 1800 942 433.
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