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Restorative Care

Programs to make you Better for life

What is Short-Term Restorative Care?

The Short-Term Restorative Care program is an Australian Government initiative, designed to help older Australians stay independent and living in their own homes.

It is an eight-week program of targeted physical activity and therapy services, delivered to clients in their own homes or local communities.

Participation in the Short-Term Restorative Care program is subsidised by the Australian Government. We can work with you to deliver high-quality services in your own home, or at our world-class Community Health & Wellness Centres.


How does it work?

At Southern Cross Care, our Short-Term Restorative Care services are delivered by a team of allied health professionals and therapists, who can help you be Better for life by tailoring a program of services to suit your individual needs and goals.

Throughout the eight-week program, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist will coordinate a range of health-improving services such as;

  • Exercise classes to improve your strength, fitness, balance and mobility
  • Physiotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Dietetics
  • Nursing

We can also help you reconnect with your local community through various social programs.



Southern Cross Care is currently offering Short-Term Restorative Care services to people in South Australia and Darwin.

To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, experiencing difficulty with day-to-day activities, have not been hospitalised due to a significant incident in the previous three months, not be receiving end-of-life care or a Home Care Package, and have not received Short-Term Restorative Care services within the past six months.

What’s after Short-Term Restorative Care?


Did you know that after completing the Short-Term Restorative Care program you can still access a range of subsidised services?

These three options help you to stay healthy with low out-of-pocket costs;*

  • Private health insurance

Depending on your coverage, your private health insurance could pay for a part of or entire allied health services like Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Massage Therapy, Podiatry and more

  • Medicare funded GP Management Plan 

Available to anyone with a chronic medical condition, you can receive five subsidised allied health services per year (Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry)

  • My Aged Care funding

See if you’re eligible to receive services at our Health & Wellness Centres or in your own home through the Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care Package

Take the next step and call us on 1800 852 772

*Individual circumstances will determine costs and what services are available to you


What is the Community Transition Care Program?

The Community Transition Care Program (CTCP) provides a range of specialised services for up to 12 weeks to eligible older people who need support getting back on their feet following a hospital stay. The program aims to help individuals regain as much independence as possible and avoid returning to the hospital or the need for longer-term care. Once home our program aims to optimise the function, health and well-being of the client with a targeted allied health and supportive care services.

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Who is eligible?

You could be eligible for the Community Transition Care Program if you are:

  • In hospital and nearing the end of your hospital stay
  • Able to benefit from a program that can help improve recovery and restore independence as much as possible
  • Assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) as being eligible, and wish to be part of the Transition Care Program


The Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program is an Australian Government initiative that aims to optimise functional capacity and independence as well as reverse and/or slow the functional decline of older adults, intervening before a life-changing event such as a fall and/or an extended hospitalisation.

The Short Term Restorative Care program spans eight weeks, or 56 days. 

The program includes access to holistic services to improve physical, social and mental well-being. These services align with your identified goals and needs and are supported by the increasing evidence that exercise in later life improves health & wellness as well as independence. Services may include:

  • Allied Health therapy, Home Support - cleaning, gardening, window cleaning, gutter cleaning, Out & About trips, community respite services, home mods & equipment (including exercise equipment)
  • In-home or in-clinic-based services

The Short Term Restorative Care program is subsidised by the Australian Government. Any fees you may need to pay will depend on your personal financial situation.


To be eligible for the Short-Term Restorative Care program, you must be:

  • Experiencing functional decline
  • Aged 65+ or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Not on a Health Care Plan (HCP)
  • Have lived for three months or more without a hospital admission
  • Have lived for six months or more without a Transition Care Program (TCP) admission
  • Living in your own home

To start the program you need to have an assessment with My Aged Care and be provided an STRC program code. Once My Aged Care has assessed you as appropriate for this program please get in contact with Southern Cross Care on 1800 852 772. If you require further information in regards to accessing a My Aged Care assessment, please contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Short Term Restorative Care

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