If you have been admitted to a public hospital and may require assistance after discharge, the ComPack may be of benefit to you.
The NSW Community Packages program (ComPack), is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health. It provides immediate access to packages of short term (up to six weeks) case management, combined with non-clinical community services. For those people who are eligible, the program will support their discharge home from a participating NSW hospital and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.
There are many services to support people at home and a ComPack does not replace these existing services. It is suitable for those patients who have been assessed as requiring this care to get out of hospital
To enable prompt discharge and reduce unnecessary returns to hospital the ComPack Case Managers need to identify specific issues each person has and develop strategies regarding how to address short term functional difficulties and identify longer term sustainable arrangements
In many instances the hospital admission has been the result of an accident or exacerbation of a longer term health condition. The negative impact a hospital stay can have on a person's confidence and physical strength can be significant even after a short stay.
The ComPack provides time to recover physically and psychologically so that the person can regain function without creating an ongoing dependency on services
The ComPack services means that the case manager will work with each patient and their family where appropriate to identify specific issues they have with activities and work together to find solutions
In some instances this means working with people to complete domestic chores, help with personal care or link in with their local community. As it is beneficial for people to continue to do as much as they are physically able, they work with the client rather than just do things for them
To find out more information about this service, please contact a Carer Advocate or review their website