Commonwealth Home Support Program helps our older Australian citizens to a wide range care services .

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Commonwealth Home Support Program helps our older Australian citizens to a wide range care services .

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Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)

Commonwealth Home
Support Program (CHSP)

The CHSP is entry-level support that helps older people to live independently and safely at home. It can also provide respite services to give carers a break.

The program aims to:

  • help people live as independently as possible
  • focus on working with them, rather than doing things for them
  • give a small amount of help to many people

Most people want to stay at home for as long as possible as they get older. To support this, we subsidise a range of in-home aged care services.

These services help older Australians to:

  • stay independent and safe in their own homes
  • delay or avoid high-level care such as residential care in an aged care (nursing) home
  • stay socially active
  • stay connected with their community

The CHSP is for frail older Australians who need support to live independently at home and are either:

aAed 65 years or over (50 or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples) and have functional limitations and need assistance
prematurely aged (50 years or older; 45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and are on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless as a result of housing stress or not having secure accommodation.

The CHSP also supports carers by providing planned respite services for CHSP recipients. This allows carers to take a break from their caring duties.

Continuity of Support (CoS) and CHSP

The CHSP can fund services to people under the Continuity of Support Programme.

CHSP can provide services such as:

  • help around the house
  • transport
  • meals
  • personal care
  • home modifications
  • social support
  • nursing and allied health
  • planned respite care.

CHSP is available across Australia and funds a large variety of organisations (called service providers) to deliver care and services. The program aims to build on people’s individual strengths and abilities to help them remain living independently and safely at home.

Under the CHSP, trained assessors (Regional Assessment Services) work out what support each person needs during a face-to-face assessment in the home.

Service providers must:

  • work with the older person to develop their care plan based on their support needs
  • support the older person to safely keep doing things for themselves where they are able to
  • review support services every 12 months to make sure they are meeting needs
  • meet quality standards

CHSP providers receive Australian Government funding through grant agreements. They then provide subsidised services to older people.

Clients pay a contribution or fee (which varies between providers) towards the cost of services. Clients are expected to contribute towards the cost of the services they receive, if they can afford to do so. Clients will not be asked to cover the full cost of services and any fees must be agreed between the client and the service provider before services commence.

We expect providers to have a publicly available client contribution policy that outlines how they determine their fees. Clients will not be denied services if they are unable to contribute to the cost of the services. Providers have their own arrangements for protecting those least able to contribute towards the cost of their care.

Make the most of your CHSP

Chances are, you don’t see yourself as elderly, but aged does have its advantages. A Home Care Package is a government subsidy that gives seniors access to home care assistance. This home help for seniors is designed to make life easier and make it possible to live independently in your own home.

Need help with your Care Package?

We have more than 20 years’ experience in Home Care Package services, so we’ll work with you to understand your options and get the most out of your package.

Call us and we’ll guide you through the process and help you access the home care services you need

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