Post-Acute Care

What is Post-Acute Care?

Post-Acute Care is a State Government-funded program that provides short-term services to help people recover at home after discharge from a public hospital. Where another program was providing support prior to the hospital episode, it is expected that these services will resume on discharge from hospital.

Who is it for?

For people who have recently been discharged from hospital who require short-term support to help them recover at home.

How can it help?

A variety of services can be arranged and funded for a short period such as:

  • nursing
  • showering assistance
  • domestic assistance (e.g. home cleaning)
  • in-home respite
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy.

What does it involve?

A Post-Acute Care Coordinator will assess, arrange and monitor a personalised plan of care for you which takes into account your individual and clinical requirements.

The length of the program is generally four days for nursing services and up to four weeks for other personal care type services (e.g. showering assistance).

Allied health services are a maximum of two visits.

Your Post-Acute Care Coordinator will liaise with agencies that provide longer term services if you need them (e.g. local council) and make referrals to other agencies if needed.

What does it cost?

Post-Acute Care Services are free.

How do I access these services?

Our Post-Acute Care Coordinators are available from Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. If you have questions about the service or have a referral to Post-Acute Care Services, call the team on 54713610.