COMMONWEALTH HOME SUPPORT PROGRAMME (CHSP)

The introduction of the CHSP is one of the changes the Australian Government is making to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer.

From 1 July 2015, the CHSP brought together the following programs:

  • Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) Programme
  • National Respite for Carers Programme
  • Day Therapy Centres
  • Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged.

If you want to stay in your own home, but need some help with daily tasks in order to do so, or require entry level care, the CHSP may be able to help.

If you have more complex needs, a Home Care Package may be right for you. You can access similar services to the CHSP, but on top of this, the services are coordinated and tailored to meet your specific needs.

WHAT IS THE COMMONWEALTH HOME SUPPORT PROGRAMME?

The CHSP is an entry level home help programme funded by the Australian Government. It is for older people who are mostly – but not completely – able to live and cope on their own, and don’t yet need higher levels of support to remain living at home. To get support at home, you will need a home support assessment, conducted by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS). This assessment is arranged via My Aged Care.

It is expected that this programme will end in 2018, with clients transitioning to Home Care Packages.

As well as helping you, the CHSP can help your carer. If your carer needs to attend to everyday activities, the CHSP can arrange for someone to support you while they are away. It’s important to talk to My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 ahead of time, if possible.

WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?

Commonwealth Home Support Programme services provided in the community may include:

  • social support – social activities in a community-based group setting
  • transport – helps people get out and about for shopping or appointments.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme services provided at home may include:

  • domestic assistance – household jobs like cleaning, clothes washing and ironing
  • personal care – help with bathing or showering, dressing, hair care and toileting
  • home maintenance – minor general repair and care of your house or yard, for example, changing light bulbs or replacing tap washers
  • home modification – minor installation of safety aids such as alarms, ramps and support rails in your home
  • nursing care – a qualified nurse comes to your home and may, for example, dress a wound or provide continence advice.

Some CHSP services can be provided either at a community centre or in your home.

For more information on the My Aged Care programs, please visit their website: www.myagedcare.gov.au

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