It is not uncommon for an older person to need some additional help after a stay in hospital. Your Doctor, Social Worker or other hospital staff can discuss supported discharge options with you.
There are two main types of supported discharge available: the Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) and Community Packages (ComPacks).
Transitional Aged Care Program
The TACP is designed only for people who are eligible for entry into a residential aged care facility. An assessment and approval by the Aged Care Assessment Team is needed to access this service.
The TACP aims to help you improve your independence and confidence after a stay in hospital, giving you and your family more time to decide whether you can return home with additional support from community care services, or need to consider going to a residential aged care facility . It is intended for people who may benefit from a period of low-intensity therapy. It is not suitable for people who have already decided to go into residential aged care.
The TACP generally provides care in your own home for up to 12 weeks, with a possibility to extend to 18 weeks. The average period of care is about eight weeks. There is also a small ‘residential’ facility at Balmain Hospital.
ComPacks are available for anyone who has been assessed as having a short term need for case management and community services when they leave hospital. These services are generally needed whilst a person re-establishes themselves at home, or completes their recovery from an injury. Services can be provided for up to 6 weeks. It is not necessary to have an Aged Care Assessment Team assessment to receive this service.
Services available through the ComPacks program may include: