Canberrans will have improved access to care and supports in their home to reduce lengthy hospital stays with the new Community Assistance Temporary Supports program.
The program provides temporary home-based care following hospital discharge or while recovering from an illness, injury or other health issue.
Services include non-clinical support, personal care, and assistance with daily tasks. The program also connects individuals to other support services like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
From 1 October 2023, it will replace the existing Community Assistance Support Program (CASP) and the Flexible Family Support (FFS) and Transitional Care programs.
Community Assistance Temporary Supports engages with trusted service providers to ensure a wide range of support. These providers include:
- Carers ACT, offering services that support caregivers and nurture care relationships, including care for those transitioning from hospital to home.
- Northside Community Service, providing personal care, domestic assistance, and food services.
- Life Without Barriers, delivering personal care and domestic assistance.
- ACT Disability and Aged Care Advocacy Service (ADACAS), offering individual advocacy services.
- Anglicare NSW South, NSW West, and ACT, providing care coordination services.
- A consortium of Capital Region Community Services and Community Services #1, delivering care coordination, medical transport, and services to help participants transition to more appropriate programs.
This transition aims to improve healthcare outcomes and keep individuals connected to their communities. People currently receiving support may experience changes during the transition period.
The Community Assistance Temporary Supports program extends eligibility to all ages and provides up to six months of support for patients and a year for caregivers.
For details, visit www.health.act.gov.au/CATS