The Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) provides short term care that aims to optimise the functioning and independence of older people after a hospital stay. It may include a package of services like low intensity therapy such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as social work, nursing support or personal care. It aims to enable older people to return home after a hospital stay rather than enter residential aged care.
The program cares for people who are:
- 70 years of age and older
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged over 50 years
- Have completed their acute and/or subacute care
- Are medically stable and ready for discharge
- Have capacity to benefit from individualised support and therapy
- Have been assessed and approved by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
- Reside in Northern Sydney Local Health District
- A person must enter the programme directly upon discharge from hospital.
Services are available to all pensioners, self-funded retirees and clients who are Department of Veteran Affairs funded.
People using the service may do so in either their own home (though TRANSPAC) or at the Northern Sydney Transition Care Unit.