Waitematā DHB Early Discharge & Rehabilitation Service (EDARS)
About the Service
The Early Discharge and Rehabilitation Service (EDARS) is a service at Waitematā DHB that delivers individually prescribed rehabilitation based on a patient’s specific needs and delivered in their home environment. It comes under the umbrella of the Allied Health Service and is an alternative to admission to an inpatient Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation ward (AT&R), or can shorten a patient’s stay in hospital.
EDARS care is comparable to the current AT&R inpatient service and is delivered in the patient’s home by a team of senior clinicians across the disciplines of: social work, dietetics, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and nursing, and in collaboration with our geriatricians.
To be eligible for admission to EDARS patients must fulfil all of the following requirements:
- Be resident within Waitematā District Health Board catchment area
- Currently be an inpatient of Waitematā DHB, this includes regional services such as the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit
- Be aged 55+ years Māori or Pacific, or 65+ years all other ethnicities
- Have a medical condition that is sufficiently stable to be safely discharged home
- Have the potential to return to safe function following short-term intensive rehabilitation
- Be physically and cognitively able to engage in a short-term intensive rehabilitation programme
- Have a home environment that is conducive to supporting a short-term intensive rehabilitation programme.
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This page was last updated at 10:16AM on July 23, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Early Discharge & Rehabilitation Service (EDARS).