There are three types of short-term care. Each serves a different purpose.
Short-term care provides care and support services for a set period of time. There are different types of short-term care depending on your needs, but all aim to help you with day-to-day tasks and either restore or maintain your independence.
Depending on the type of short-term care you access, help can be provided for a few days to a few months at a time.
What help is available?
For those who are starting to need help with daily tasks and want to delay or even avoid the need for long-term care and support services.
A team of health professionals will help you reverse or slow the difficulties you are experiencing and develop a plan for how you can manage them yourself.
Read more about short-term restorative care.
For those who need to recover and regain independence after a stay in hospital.
Specialised care and support will help you move safely from hospital and back to everyday life, avoiding the need for longer term care and support.
Read more about transition care.
For when you or your carer need to take a break for a short period of time.
This could be for a few hours at your home, a day out in the community, or a short stay for a few nights in an aged care home to provide for your everyday needs without your carer.
Read more about respite care.
How does it work?
The Australian Government subsidises short-term care providers directly to make care more affordable.
How much will it cost me?
You are expected to contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford to do so. How much you may pay varies depending on the type and level of care and services you will receive. The maximum amount you could be asked to pay:
- $10.54 per day, if you receive care while living at home (17.5% of the single aged pension).
- $51.21 per day, if you receive care while living in a residential setting (85% of the single aged pension).
More detailed information on the costs involved for the different types of short-term care can be found on the relevant pages listed below.
Am I eligible?
All types of short-term care require a face-to-face assessment to determine eligibility. You can check your eligibility and apply for an assessment online.
Short-term restorative care
You may be eligible for short-term restorative care if you are an older person and you:
- are slowing down mentally, physically, or both
- need help with everyday tasks
- want to stay independent and out of long-term ongoing care arrangements.
Find out more about short-term restorative care.
You may be eligible for transition care if you are an older person and:
- are a patient in a public or private hospital
- have been informed that you are ready to leave hospital
- would benefit from short-term help.
Find out more about transition care.
You may be eligible for respite care if you are an older person with a carer and:
- your carer is unable to care for you for some reason, or
- you or your carer need a break from your usual care arrangements.
Find out more about respite care.
How do I apply?
You are here: Step 1 See what short-term care is available
Take a look at the different types of short-term care available.
Step 3 Find out what services you can get
After your face-to-face assessment, find out what services you are eligible for.
Step 4 Find a service provider
Use our Find a provider tool and checklists to find the best match for your needs.
Step 5 Arrange your services
Understand and sign the service agreement(s) to start receiving services.
Step 6 Get the most from your services
Find out how to make changes and what to do if things go wrong.