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
  • 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


Phone 02 6589 2260
Fax 02 5524 2256

Port Macquarie

Phone 02 6589 2260
Fax 02 5524 2256


Phone 02 6589 2260
Fax 02 5524 2256