The Transition Care Program (TCP) is a joint Australian Government and State funded program. Established in 2005, this national program was developed to assist older people regain physical and psychosocial functioning after a hospital stay. TCP services are delivered across Australia through the State and Territory Departments of Health as the Approved Providers under the Aged Care Act 1997. In NSW, the TCP is referred to as the Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) to distinguish it from other health programs.
The TACP provides short-term restorative care to optimize the functioning and independence of older people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) over 50 years of age, after a hospital stay. It is goal-oriented, time limited, therapy focused and for a maximum of 12 weeks. It provides older people and ATSI people with a package of services that includes nursing support, personal care, domestic assistance and low intensity therapy from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and speech pathology. It seeks to give the older person the opportunity to continue to improve after a hospital stay rather than to enter residential care prematurely.
TACP facilitates continuity of care across the health and aged care sectors for older people who have completed their hospital care (acute, sub-acute, rehabilitation) and who need more time to recover and decide on their long term care options.
The TACP in Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) has 88 community places named TRANSPAC NS, and a 20 place residential component namely the Northern Sydney Transition Care Unit (NSTCU).
NSLHD provides TACP services in partnership with contracted service providers for care services and an affiliated organisation for the therapy services.
Current service providers for TRANSPAC NS are: Anglican Retirement Villages, Baptistcare, Hammondcare, and Kincare.
Current service provider for NSTCU is UnitingCare Ageing and the NSTCU is located at Wesley Gardens 2B Morgan Rd Belrose NSW.
The Royal Rehab Community Based Rehabilitation Service provides the therapy services to both TRANSPAC NS and NSTCU.