Funding for older Australians to live at home
The Federal Government will allocate $5.5 billion toward local services to help approximately 800,000 older Australians to live independently at home for longer.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the two-year funding provided more certainty for 1,600 organisations delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and begins on 1 July 2018.
Mr Wyatt said, “The CHSP funding complements the recent Federal Budget’s $5 billion aged care boost, including the More Choices For A Longer Life package to give older Australians more certainty, options and independence.
“Depending on their needs, people may be eligible to receive help with transport, domestic duties such as house cleaning, personal care, home maintenance and modifications, food preparation and meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care,” Minister Wyatt said.
The program is available for people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It also includes support services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Home support plans should be reviewed by service providers every 12 months, to ensure clients are receiving services and supports that continue to be right.
Western Australia moves from HACC to CHSP
The Federal Government is allocating $430 million funding over the next two years to more than 70 WA Home and Community Care (HACC) services which are transitioning to the national Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) from 1 July 2018.
The transition of HACC services to the CHSP is consistent with arrangements across all other States and Territories and will provide consistent home support services to people as they age.
The transition will ensure older Australians (aged 65 and over, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over) who have been receiving HACC support experience no change in services.
The Government is also providing an additional $2.3 million to support the providers that are moving to the CHSP by offsetting some of the costs that may be incurred through this process.
Services that have been available to older people under the WA HACC Program will continue to be available under the CHSP and will largely be delivered by the same service providers.
For details on the types of support services available under the CHSP, see https://agedcare.health.gov.au/news-and-resources/your-guide-to-commonwealth-home-support-programme-services and https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/
To access CHSP services, call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.
1 July 2018.