The Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) Programme is an early intervention programme which aims to reverse and / or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve wellbeing through the delivery of a time-limited (up to 56 paid days), intensive, goal-oriented, multidisciplinary and coordinated range of services designed for, and approved by the care recipient. STRC services can be delivered in the home, the community, an aged care home, or a combination thereof.
The programme is ideal for people who are:
- Goal-oriented and have the desire to return to earlier or improved levels of independence; and
- are not receiving a Commonwealth subsidised home care package, residential care or transition care.
Who can receive STRC?
To receive STRC a person must be:
- experiencing functional decline that is likely to be reversed or slowed through short-term restorative care;
- at risk of losing independence to such a degree that, without STRC, it is likely that the person will require home care, residential care or flexible care provided through a multi-purpose service.
Additionally they must not:
- be currently receiving (or on leave from) residential care, home care through a Commonwealth home care package or transition care;
- be eligible to receive transition care if the person applied for it;
- have at any time during the six months before the date of assessment, received flexible care in the form of transition care;
- have at any time during the three months before the date of assessment, been hospitalised for a condition related to the functional decline which would be the focus of that episode of short-term restorative care;
- be receiving end of life care; and
- receive more than two episodes of short term restorative care in any 12 month period if they receive the proposed episode.
How can someone access STRC?
To receive STRC services a person will need to be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessor and approved for STRC by an ACAT delegate.
To arrange for an assessment, prospective care recipients (or their nominated representatives) need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.
The role of GPs in the delivery of STRC
GPs support STRC care delivery though consultation, diagnosis and advice. For example a GP may:
- refer an existing patient to My Aged Care so they can access information on ageing and aged care, have their needs assessed and be supported to locate and access services available to them.
- be engaged to participate in an STRC MDT to ensure that underlying health conditions are diagnosed, treated, and considered during care plan design.
Participation in MDTs may be through phone consultation / written collaboration and may not include or require face-to-face involvement.
To refer a patient on to My Aged Care, which may result in a referral for an independent and holistic assessment of the older person’s needs, it is preferred that GPs either:
- Use the online health professional referral form; or
- Call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.
Northern Sydney has been allocated 26 eight-week packages in 2016/17 and a further 13 eight-week packages in 2017/18.
More information: Short-Term Restorative Care Program fact sheet