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Transition Care Program (TCP)

The Transition Care Program (TCP) helps older people at the end of their hospital stay. It gives them more time and care in a non-hospital environment to improve or maintain their level of independence, while helping them and their family to make longer term care arrangements.

Are you ready to leave hospital?

TCP services take place in either a residential or a community setting, including your home. A number of care options are available, designed to be flexible in helping meet each person's needs.

Services may include:

  • case management, including establishing community support and services and, where required, identifying residential care options
  • medical services provided by a GP
  • low intensity therapy such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • emotional support and future care planning via a social worker
  • nursing support
  • personal care
  • domestic help
  • other therapies as required.

The aim of these services is to maintain or improve your physical and mental functioning, as well as help you manage your tasks of daily living.


You will be asked to contribute to the cost of your care through a daily fee. Special consideration may be given to people who have reduced capacity to pay.

Who is eligible?

People must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team to establish whether they can receive these services.

How long can you stay?

The average duration of TCP is expected to be from 7 weeks up to a maximum of 12 weeks. This may be extended by a further 6 weeks, if needed.

Where is it available?

You can get help in your own home or via a time-limited placement in a residential setting.

Provider locations:

Comments or complaints

If you have any comments or complaints about the service received, you are encouraged to discuss them with the program coordinator or you can ask them for a client feedback form.

If you are unable to resolve your differences with the provider, you may choose to contact one of the following (external sites):

Last reviewed: 29-09-2022

Aged and Continuing Care Directorate

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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