Some 61,300 people first entered permanent residential aged care (PRAC) in 2013–14. While they used over 1,000 different combinations of other aged care in the preceding years, the most common pathway (used by 1 in 4 people) was through Home and Community Care (HACC). Many pathways showed a similar pattern of moving ‘up’ to progressively higher levels of support.
This report studies the use of other aged care programs prior to permanent residential aged care—with a particular focus on the last-used program, which can be indicative of the final transition between living in the community and living in permanent residential aged care. Here, ‘other aged care programs’ are Home and Community Care (HACC); community-based aged care packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH), Extended Aged Care at Home—Dementia (EACHD) and the HCP; the Transition Care Program (TCP); and respite residential aged care (RRAC—in this report, commonly referred to as ‘respite’).