Acute to Aged Related Care Services (AARCS)

AARCS coordinates the care pathway for aged care patients in public hospitals.

Services Offered – Associated with the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

  • Comprehensive Aged Care Assessments for aged inpatients with complex care needs to compliment discharge planning
  • Facilitates Residential Aged Care Placement for patients unable to return home from hospital
  • Arranges family meetings for their target group If necessary
  • Refers to community based aged care services/respite providers/residential aged care facilities
  • Liaison with all members of the health care team on issues relating to their clients, can offer advice on ageing issues
  • Completes ACCR forms, including those needed for Transitional Aged Care Program, Residential Placement, Respite and Home Care Packages.
  • Aged Care specialist who can assist the older patient to access a range of Aged Care Services, maintains links with Residential Care and Community Care providers
  • Document in and provide a Summary Care Plan for the Medical Record.

Criteria for Referral to the Service

  • Be an older person (65 years plus or 50 plus if Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander)
  • Be medically stable.

Referral Procedures

  • The client must be aware of and consent to the referral
  • Referrals can only be made by acute care health professionals via the ACAT intake, using the designated referral form
  • Referrals can be received by fax with a follow up phone call to confirm receipt of referral.

Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour

via Intake Officer

Phone 02 6656 7646

Kempsey

Phone 02 6588 2875

Fax 02 6588 2881

Port Macquarie

Phone 02 6588 2875

Fax 02 6588 2881

Wauchope

Phone 02 6588 2875

Fax 02 65 88 2881