Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) is a government funded, innovative, up to 8-weeks (56days) programme that provides a range of care and services to optimise functioning and independence of older people and to reverse and/or slow functional decline in order to help them continue living in their own home.

Function decline is defined as

    • being aged
    • reduced level of independence when undertaking ADLs
    • impaired memory

 At Chinese Community Social Services Centre, your case manager will coordinate and support your STRC journey in your home along with your GP and Allied Health Practitioners to achieve positive outcomes based on your goals and preference.


Based on your assessed needs, here are some of the services we offer:
    • Personal care and medication management
    • House cleaning and gardening
    • Meal preparation and nutrition
    • Management of skin integrity and continence
    • Rehabilitation support, nursing care and allied health services (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, podiatry and etc.)
    • Minor home maintenance and modification
    • Aids and equipment
    • In-home respite
    • Case management and monitoring
    • 24 hours emergency support


To be eligible for the STRC Programme, you must be:
    • at or above 65 years of aged or 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • experiencing ‘functional decline’ that is likely to be reversed and/or slowed by STRC
    • goal-oriented and having desire to return to earlier or improved levels of independence and functioning
    • not currently receiving any commonwealth aged care services in the form of residential care, home care or any other type of flexible care under the Act


How do I access Short Term Restorative Care Program?

You, a family member, a friend or a support worker can contact My Aged Care (MAC) Centre and make a referral. Call MAC on 1800 200 422 or visit their website on

If you do not speak English, you can contact Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. You can use TIS which is free of charge to call My Aged Care. When you call TIS, an operator will ask you what language you need. Tell the operator in English the language you speak. The operator will then connect you with an interpreter who speaks your language and help you to call My Aged Care Centre.

 For more information or to request for assistance, you can also contact us on (03)98981965 or (03) 8848 0288, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Doncaster office or Box Hill office


What fees will I be charged?

There is currently no out of pocket cost for this program if you are deemed eligible by ACAS.

Please click here to download and read our STRC brochure