The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest aged care report examines detailed data on the Department of Health’s Transition Care Program.
In a statement accompanying the report, AIHW spokesperson Dr Pamela Kinnear said:
“For many older people, a hospital stay can be accompanied by a decline in functioning. TCP provides short term care to older Australians directly after discharge from hospital. The program aims to improve care recipients’ level of independence and functioning and to delay entry to residential aged care.”
The report contains data on the operation of the program from when it began in 2005 up to June 30, 2013. Headline findings include:
- Two-thirds of care recipients had not entered residential aged care in the 12 months following their period of transition care.
- About three in four (76%) recipients left the program with an improved level of functioning; for one in six their functional status was unchanged.
- The TCP has delivered over 108,000 transition care episodes that made up more than 94,000 care periods for 87,142 people.
- At the end of more than half of the care periods (54%), care recipients returned to live in the community — 18% without assistance from aged care services, and 36% with assistance from community-based aged care services.