Short-term supports facilitate a safe and timely discharge from hospital. The person returns home with an appropriate package of community-based supports. They are also linked up with ongoing long-term supports in the community, as required.
Eligibility for short-term supports
People being discharged from a public hospital (including emergency departments, acute services and subacute services) can access short-term supports. They need to be assessed as requiring short-term, community-based help to assist them to recuperate in the community, and to ensure a safe and timely discharge.
Services offered by short-term supports
Short-term supports include a range of community-based services according to the person's individually assessed needs. The most common services provided are:
- community nursing
- personal care
- home care.
Services arranged are provided for the duration of the recuperative period and are generally of a short-term nature.
The directory of short-term supports shows which service has responsibility for service delivery to residents of particular areas.