There are a range of services to help an older person recover from an illness. These include physiotherapy and exercise programs delivered by hospital outpatient departments and day therapy centres run in aged care facilities.
Transition care servicesalso provide low level restorative care and support after acute hospital admission. These services can be delivered at home or in an aged care facility.
ACATs assess the level of care needed in order to determine eligibility for various Australian Government funded programs including:
residential aged care (including respite)
community aged care packages
extended aged care at home packages
extended aged care at home dementia packages
transition care packages.
The Aged Care Assessment Program is a Commonwealth funded program with clear guidelines for the assessment of older people.
Residential aged care
Most residential aged care is provided by the commonwealth government (not the state government), and is therefore not under the management of SA Health. This is not the case in rural areas.
Country Health SA is the largest provider of residential aged care in country South Australia particularly in smaller communities where there is no other provider. In addition to residential aged care, Country Health SA also manages Independent living units across various communities.
Once again, your local health service or GP is the best place to find out more.
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