The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services in Australia through a variety of different programs. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is one of those programs, designed to help you stay at home for longer with support from home care providers.
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is an entry-level program, open to seniors over 65 years of age, or over 50 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, who need:
If your needs are more complex or you need ongoing care, you might be eligible for a Home Care Package.
CHSP includes a wide range of services to help you stay living in your own home, including:
To start receiving home care services, through a Home Care Package or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), you will need to register with My Aged Care and go through an application process, where you will be assessed by the government to determine your eligibility for services.
Read more about the application process.
The Australian Government subsidies CHSP services, however your service provider may ask you to contribute towards the cost of your care. The service provider will ask you for information about your finances to determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be. If you would prefer not to provide this information, you don’t have to, but you might be asked to pay more as a result. If you are suffering from financial hardship let your provider know so they can take that into consideration when setting your fees.
Generally, you will also be asked to pay for consumables, such as continence aids, used in the course of your care.
Your service provider should complete regular reviews, at least annually, to ensure that you are receiving the right amount of services for your needs.
All home care services are delivered with a focus on re-ablement, helping you to redevelop the skills needed to stay independent and prevent you requiring higher care services in the future.
If you need additional care, your service provider can support you to apply for a home care package with My Aged Care.
If you are finding it too difficult to manage at home, you can also consider residential aged care in an aged care facility.
Aged care facilities are open to seniors over 65 years (or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) who need 24-hour assistance from nurses and carers. The facilities also have secure dementia wings for people living with dementia.
Staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist you with anything you need, from showering and moving around to eating and participating in activities. Registered nurses take care of any wounds, stomas, medication management, chronic illness, and continence.
You can also try out living in a facility using residential respite services, where you move temporarily into an aged care facility for a few days or weeks. You will live with permanent residents and see for yourself whether you like the culture and activities on offer.
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