The Department of Health has released the final program manual for the Federal Government’s new Short-Term Restorative Care Program, which aims to provide early intervention care to older people to reverse or slow functional decline.

The manual is a resource for approved providers of short-term restorative care and outlines the policy context and operational requirements for delivering the restorative care packages to clients in a home or residential care setting.

The manual also outlines the responsibilities of approved providers under the Aged Care Act 1997, and its subordinate legislation which govern the operation of the program.

The department said the STRC is delivered as a tailored and multidisciplinary package of services, including services such as physiotherapy, social work, nursing support, personal care and the provision of assistive technologies to support older people to regain independence and autonomy.

The department has also released a series of frequently asked questions available for providers and consumers of the program.

First announced in the May 2015 budget, the government will fund 2,000 STRC places by 2021.

Read the program manual here.

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