Transitional Care Places

Metro South Health could use existing resources differently and use the funds to build transitional care facilities which could focus on Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy and Diversional Therapy to allow people to return home when suitable care packages were available.

This would free up a large number of beds in major hospitals are currently used for long term stay patients. This would significantly address delays in admissions from ED, ramping and other issues.



Why the contribution is important

It would stop inappropriate residential care admissions occurring due to bed clearances. 

Return to community has been shown in many studies to be preferred option and results in longer lifespan and better quality of life.

Cost of care would be significantly lower.

Facilities could be built in locations closer to families giving aged loved ones better access as many no longer have transport and have difficulty with public transport.

These facilities could be decorated in a much more homelike environment taking away the   issues of the depressing hospital environment.

Only issue is Dept hierarchy/ government worried about "privatisation" This can be overcome by pointing out it is not privatisation when these are unused place and also that it is an investment in better outcomes for the elderly.

by Kevin on May 15, 2019 at 05:08PM

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  • Posted by Kathy May 20, 2019 at 14:53 alternative to MSH building more buildings could be to work with NGOs or the existing housing market to lease premises. the point about making these dwellings home like is really important and I fully support this. As Kevin, said it would also be important to make sure that the appropriate support services are put in place.
  • Posted by VelliG May 28, 2019 at 15:37

    Sanatoriums were government funded for long-recuperation periods, most were closed in the 1950s, because recuperation periods shortened due to antibiotics...... However now we have a new demographic of people who experience long-recuperation, so perhaps the sanatorium concept has come full-circle and could be reinvented for the 21st century?
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