Over the next two years, 2,000 older people will benefit from this investment, allowing them to receive vital short-term therapy and support services. The Transition Care Programme aims to improve the overall well-being and independence of older Australians, particularly during the critical period following their hospital discharge.
This initiative extends the availability of temporary TCP places beyond the previous cut-off date of 30 June 2023.
With the new extension, these places will remain accessible until 30 June 2025, resulting in an additional 35 places allocated to address the high demand in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region, alleviating pressure on the Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals. This increase brings the total number of temporary TCP places across the country to 265, surpassing the previous count of 230.
Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells emphasised the significance of this investment in providing peace of mind to older individuals during their vulnerable post-hospitalisation period.
“Through this investment in the Transition Care Programme, I’m proud to give older people peace of mind that support will continue to be there for them, where and when they need it most,” Wells said.
Jointly funded by the Australian and state/territory governments, the TCP operates on a 75% Commonwealth and 25% state funding basis. It offers a flexible aged care programme designed to support older individuals during their transition from hospital to community settings.
The programme delivers a range of services, including low-intensity therapy and nursing support, tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals for up to 12 weeks following their hospital discharge and takes place in an aged care home, a person’s home or a combination of both.
By extending the temporary TCP places, the government aims to enhance the health outcomes and independence of older Australians, facilitating a smoother transition back into the community after hospitalisation.
Member for Cunningham, Alison Byrnes MP applauded the government’s decision, recognising its potential to alleviate the strain experienced by public hospitals.
With this $40 million investment, the Albanese Government reaffirms its commitment to the health and welfare of older Australians, recognising the importance of supporting them during the critical post-hospitalisation phase.