Dementia Transition Care
The Transition Care Program (TCP) is a joint Commonwealth-State initiative that provides short-term restorative care for older people after a hospital stay.
The aim is to help them regain independence and give them more time to make a decision about their longer-term living options.
The average length of stay in transition care is seven weeks, but clients may stay for up to 12 weeks if they need extra time. Services include nursing and personal care, low intensity physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as social work support, nursing and personal care.
The program is led by GPs with geriatrician support. Each week, they meet with a multi-disciplinary team, including allied health practitioners and nursing staff, to discuss clients’ progress toward optimal health and independence.
Amana Living currently offers transition care places at Bull Creek for people living with dementia.
Transition Care Bull Creek opened in January 2016 as part of the new dementia services centre. Our Kinross dementia ‘hub’, currently in development, will also offer transition care.
When an older person is in hospital for an extended period, the hospital treating team may recommend transition care for them before returning home or moving into residential care.
The hospital team will arrange an assessment by an Aged Care Assessment Team and coordinate a referral to the transition care service.
Our liaison nurse then works with the hospital transition care coordinators to ensure a smooth move from hospital to Amana Living. The nurse will visit the patient in hospital, confirm that our service is suited to their needs, and assist with the transfer.
The person I care for is living with dementia. Are there services that support us both prior to permanent residential care?
McCusker Nurse Service: This is a free service for the carers of those living with dementia. It gives you the best chance of finding your way through the maze of resources and support available to you.
Respite care: Often people with dementia benefit from short-term respite care, either by coming along to one of our clubs or with a short stay in a residential care centre. This is an opportunity for you to have a much-needed break.
Seven of our residential centres offer care tailored for people living with dementia: explore the map to find the centre nearest you.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be eligible for Government-subsidised home care or day respite services. We can help you find out what services are available to you and ensure you receive the best care package.
To find out if you are eligible for permanent or respite care in a residential care centre, you must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). Contact your GP to arrange an assessment.
To access the McCusker Nurse Service, you must be living within specific areas north and south of the Swan River in Perth. Go to the eligibility tab for that service to find out more.
Our dementia services have grown from more than 50 years of experience and draw on international best practice. Helping people with dementia to remain as independent as they want to be is a vital part of what we do. With the help of family and our own observation, we work out what each person’s individual social, spiritual and emotional needs are, so that we can take a holistic approach to their care.
In addition, we provide support to family and other informal carers, who are often highly stressed and coping alone in supporting the person living with dementia at home.
The best way to find the right service or package to suit your circumstances is to call us. We’re here to guide you as to the best options for you. Contact us on 1300 26 26 26.