Transitional Care

Transitional Care Program

The Transitional Care Program (TCP) helps older people improve or maintain their independence. It helps people recover from operations or illness while long-term care is sought. Therapy can take place in a residential care setting or within the home.

A standard TCP program runs for 12 weeks. But in exceptional circumstances some clients may be eligible for a 6-week extension.

TCP clients achieve their goals by drawing on expertise from a team of professionals:

  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Allied Health Assistants
  • Speech therapist
  • Dietician

Am I eligible?

To take part in TCP, clients must be:

  • a hospital inpatient
  • at least 65 years of age
  • medically stable and ready for discharge from hospital
  • likely to benefit from the program
  • assessed as suitable for TCP by the Aged Care Assessment Service.


TCP fees vary depending on circumstances. Fees may be negotiable for clients who are unable to pay. Current fees are:

  • home-based clients – daily rate of 17.5 % of current single aged pension
  • bed-based clients – daily rate of 85% of current single aged pension
  • More information

Rights & Responsibilities

The Charter of Aged Care Rights applies to TCP clients who are funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

More information

To find out more about our TCP contact our Community Rehabilitation Centre.