Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP)
The Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) provides short term care that seeks to optimise the function and independence of older people after a hospital stay. It targets older people at the conclusion of a hospital episode who require more time and support to complete their restorative process, optimise their functional capacity, while assisting them or their carer/family to make appropriate long term care arrangements if needed.
Each LHD is allocated a number of transition care packages by the commonwealth and is responsible for coordinating admission and discharge from TACP.
In MNCLHD, TACP is provided in the community setting i.e. in the person’s own home. TACP is goal orientated, time limited up to 12 weeks and therapy focussed.
TACP provides older persons with a package of services (note some services may not be available in your area) that includes low intensity therapy such as:
- occupational therapy
- speech therapy
- social work
- nursing support.
Other support such as:
- personal care
- domestic assistance
- meal preparation
- equipment loan is available.
- A person must be in a public or private hospital at the time of referral and be medically stable and completed their acute and sub-acute care.
- A person has to be over 65 years or 50 years if Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander
- There has to be availability of a place with the local TACP service for the person
- TACP have to be able to meet the care needs of the person and accept the person as a care recipient
- A person has to remain in hospital for the ACAT assessment and approval for TACP
- Transition care approval is valid where the person enters TACP immediately upon hospital discharge. If the client leaves the hospital the approval is no longer valid.
- Potential TACP recipients should agree to enter TACP.