Subacute care comprises of: rehabilitation, palliative care, geriatric evaluation and management and psychogeriatric care.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013) defines Subacute care as:
“…specialised multidisciplinary care in which the primary need for care is optimisation of the patient’s functioning and quality of life. A person’s functioning may relate to their whole body or a body part, the whole person, or the whole person in a social context, and to impairment of a body function or structure, activity limitation and/or participation restriction'.
We talked to Dr Alicia Massarotto, Consultant Geriatrician at Fremantle Hospital, who gave us her perspective on "what is subacute care?" and its importance. (click for picture video)