Sub-acute ambulatory care services
Sub-acute ambulatory care services, which include community rehabilitation centres, home-based rehabilitation or therapy services and specialist clinics, extend and complement inpatient services such as Rehabilitation and Geriatric Evaluation and Management.
Sub-acute care in the community is typified as a person-focused, interdisciplinary model of care, which is oriented towards flexible service delivery in a range of care settings. Its aim is to improve and maintain a person’s functional capacity and maximise their independence.
A community rehabilitation service is a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary service enabling clients of all ages who are disabled, frail, chronically ill or recovering from traumatic injury to achieve and retain optimal functional independence and facilitates the client’s reintegration into the community. The service is time-limited and delivered according to a case plan that is based on goals negotiated with the client and his or her carer(s).
The rehabilitation service can be delivered at a centre (for example, a Community Rehabilitation Centre) or at a person’s home.
The coordinator of the community rehabilitation service can be directly contacted by clients. In most cases a written referral from a medical officer is preferred.
Community rehabilitation centres provide a variety of therapies by health professionals which will help people to live independently in their own homes. Most community rehabilitation centres offer the following services:
For further information see the Sub-acute Care Services website or you can contact your local community rehabilitation centre. A list of local community rehabilitation centres is available below.