New program to help keep elderly at home for longer
OLDER Australians will have the choice of staying at home for longer after suffering an injury or illness due to a newly introduced flexible aged care program.
The Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM has announced funding of $34.7 million per annum for 475 Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) places.
STRC has been designed around consumer-driver services and will help seniors access care when and where they need it on an 'as-needs' basis.
The program is aimed at reducing the incidence of older people entering residential aged care prematurely.
"It will help older people to manage daily tasks, maintain their independence and stay in their homes for as long as possible,” Mr Wyatt said.
"It increases the care options available in circumstances, for example, where older people would benefit from targeted intervention to recover from short-term incapacity or injury.
How it works
- If an older person incurs an injury or illness at home and is approved for STRC, they can have their care provider arrange for therapy and home risk assessment with the support of the person's doctor and allied health professionals.
- There is a eight week time limit on each place which means an expected more than 3000 people will be able to access this program once the full 475 places are opened up.
- Four hundred of the 475 places will be available during the 2016/17 year with the remainder becoming available in the 2017/178 year.
- The older person will need to approve the care plan and then be able to have it delivered at home, in an aged care home or a combination of both.
"Older Australians want and need flexible services that will help them when they need it and encourage independence for as long as possible,” Mr Wyatt said.
Further residential aged care places and grants under the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round will be announced during the year.
For information on this program and approved providers is available from agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar.