More support for older patients following a hospital stay in Wentworth

Older people in the Wentworth local government area will have more support to improve their independence following a stay in hospital with the opening of four new Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) beds in Wentworth Health Service on Monday, 2 May 2016.

The TACP provides older patients recovering from a hospital stay more time in a supported environment to complete their recovery. It helps them to improve their functionality and allows more time to make decisions about their long term care arrangements.

“The Far West Local Health District is very pleased to bring this additional service to the aged community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and provide them an opportunity to improve their independence following a stay in hospital,” said Ms Dale Sutton, General Manager Lower Western Sector, Far West LHD.

“It is the first time we have offered TACP beds at Wentworth Health Service and we are confident that it will result in positive outcomes for patients who access the program.”

The four-bed capacity service will be provided in the Transitional Aged Care Wing of Wentworth Health Service in a home-like environment, featuring a refurbished kitchenette, dining and lounge area.

“Patients who agree to enter the program (which can be up to 12 weeks long) will be asked to agree to work on goals for their recovery. These will be formulated between the client and the multi-disciplinary TACP team. All the staff will then assist the client to achieve their goals and independence for when they return home,” said Ms Sutton.

Depending on level of need, TACP patients may receive nursing support and low intensity therapy (such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy) to improve and maintain physical and mental capacity and their independence. Personal care and assistance in daily living can also be provided, along with case management including linking the patient to community supports and services. It may also include helping a patient find preferred residential care.

“We hope the new service will be embraced by our aged clients, who will benefit from an ongoing restorative care program following a stay in hospital,” said Ms Sutton.

For more information about TACP please call Karen Behsmann Health Service Manager on 03 5027 2345.


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