People with a newly acquired disability typically start their journey through the health system within acute services, progressing to subacute services for a period of rehabilitation, before being discharged into the community. Transitional services that bridge the gap between hospital and community can maximise the potential of people with disability and reduce admissions of young people to residential aged care (RAC).
The purpose of this environmental scan was to scope transitional housing and support options suitable for people with disability and complex needs, and identify gaps in the system in order to provide an evidence base for potential solutions. There are pockets of good practice and effective transitional housing and support options across Australia that assist with the process of returning to community living after being discharged from hospital.
Transitional housing and support services that embed opportunities for rehabilitation over an extended time within community settings enable some people to optimise their potential. A national network of transitional living services has the potential to enable NDIS participants to maximise their independent living skills and abilities, live in the least restrictive environment and significantly reduce lifetime support needs and costs and liability of the NDIS.