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About short-term restorative care

Short-term restorative care provides a range of care and services to improve your wellbeing, help you stay independent by improving your ability to complete everyday tasks, or delay or avoid the need to enter long-term care.

You may be able to receive short-term restorative care in your home, in the community, in an aged care home or a mix of these, depending on your care needs.

You can receive short-term restorative care for up to eight weeks (56 days) depending on your needs. You can access this care twice in any twelve month period.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for short-term restorative care services if you are an older person and you:

  • are slowing down mentally, or physically, or both
  • need help with everyday tasks
  • want to stay independent, and out of long-term ongoing care arrangements.

There are no citizenship or residency restrictions on accessing this type of care. However, short-term restorative care is not meant for visitors to Australia or people needing long-term care. It is intended to benefit people who permanently live in the Australian community.

You may still be eligible to receive short-term restorative care if you are receiving:

  • veteran services
  • disability services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • support at home through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

Short-term restorative care is not available if you:

  • are already receiving a home care package
  • are living in an aged care home
  • have received after hospital care through the transition care program in the past six months.

Assessment

If you or someone you care for would like to receive short-term restorative care and have not already been assessed for it, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. The My Aged Care staff will ask you questions about your needs and circumstances.

You will need to have an assessment with a member of your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) before you can be approved for care. Find out more about an ACAT assessment.

Services

The types of services provided through short-term restorative care depend on your needs. Services may include:

  • accommodation in residential care
  • aids and equipment (including mobility aids)
  • audiology
  • chiropractic services
  • continence management
  • cooking assistance
  • home maintenance
  • nursing
  • nutrition, meal preparation and diet advice (dietetics)
  • personal care and assistance
  • physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • podiatry (foot care)
  • psychologist or counsellor support
  • social work
  • speech therapy
  • support services including cleaning or laundry, medication management, emotional support
  • therapy groups
  • transport.

Short-term restorative care is delivered by a team of at least three health professionals including a doctor (usually your GP) to identify and treat any medical conditions. Your provider will coordinate the services provided by the care team.

Costs

The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services to keep client costs reasonable and affordable.

If you can afford to do so, you will be expected to contribute to the cost of your care and services.

You do not need an income assessment to access short-term restorative care services.

The maximum amount you may be asked to pay changes depending on whether you receive care in the community, or in an aged care home. It is calculated as a percentage of the single pension daily rate.

Each person's circumstances are taken into account, and the care fees for your service can be discussed with your provider.

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If you are assessed as eligible to receive short-term restorative care, you will need to follow the pathway to access services.

Last reviewed: 18 February, 2018.