Aged care providers dominate restorative packages in government tender

The federal government’s new restorative care program is underway with the inaugural allocation this week of 400 places with another 75 to come next financial year.

The federal government’s new restorative care program is underway with the inaugural allocation this week of 400 places with another 75 to come next financial year.

Victoria picked up the most places all up (116) followed by Queensland (111), NSW (103), WA (83), SA (32) while 10 places each were allocated in Tasmania, the ACT and the NT.

My Aged Care comprehensive assessors will be able to begin assessing clients for eligibility in program from Monday, the same day the home care reforms to increase consumer choice and control come into effect.

The Short-Term Restorative Care program (STRC) was first announced in the 2015 May federal budget and aims to help older people regain their independence and remain living in or return to their homes after experiencing illness or injury.

Big winners include Suncare Community Services which picked up 44 places in Queensland and Feros Care which was awarded 40 packages in Victoria and Queensland. In WA Amana Living picked up 35 places and Silver Chain 22 places.

CALD provider Multicultural Aged Care secured 21 packages in NSW and Victoria. Other successful providers included the Uniting Church in Australia which was awarded 16 places in NSW and ACT and 10 places in Victoria. In South Australia Resthaven was allocated the largest number of packages in that state with 17 places.

The program offers goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary support for up to eight weeks and can be delivered in a home or residential aged care setting or a combination of both.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt announced the new 475 places resulting from the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) on Thursday and said they were worth an estimated $34.7 million annually.

Mr Wyatt said the short-term restorative care places aim to help older people maintain their independence and keep them from prematurely entering residential aged care.

“It increases the care options available in circumstances, for example, where older people would benefit from targeted intervention to recover from short-term incapacity or injury.”

The eight-week time limit means more than 3,000 older people can potentially access the program through the 475 places each year.

Full details on the STRC results of the 2016-17 ACAR available here

The government said other components of the 2016–17 ACAR including additional residential places and capital grants would be announced at a later date.

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