Commonwealth Home Support Programme Services- What Can CHSP Funding Be Used For?
When you need support to continue living comfortably at home, but you don’t qualify for a Home Care Package, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) provides funding that can help you live independently as you age.
CHSP funding offers entry-level support for elderly Australians who need occasional or short-term support. It replaces four previous programs: the Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program (HACC), the National Respite for Carers Program, the Day Therapy Centres program, and the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged program.
The CHSP combines all those prior programs into a comprehensive package for entry-level elder care. Through CHSP, the Government provides subsidies that can help you pay for in-home services.
What Services Can You Receive with the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?
The available services include a variety of services from CHSP providers that will help you live at home as your needs change. These include:
Support for activities of daily living
- Help with grocery shopping and preparing meals
- Help with home cleaning and maintenance
- Help with personal care such as toileting and hygiene
Support for health needs
- Help with medications and general care from a Registered Nurse
- Help from allied health professionals such as an occupational therapist or podiatrist
- Help from specialist health professionals for specific conditions such as dementia
Support for social life and community involvement
- Help with respite care to temporarily replace your usual caregiver
- Help with transport to community activities and health appointments
- Help with accessing resources and housing if you’re experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness
Support for necessary equipment and maintenance
- Help with home maintenance and modifications to keep your home safe and accessible for your mobility needs or other health needs
- Help purchasing equipment or assistive technology
What are the Differences Between the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages?
Both the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages provide subsidised funding to help elderly Australians purchase services that will help them live at home. However, the CHSP offers low-level funding, while an HCP is for people who need more comprehensive care. Read on for more information on the Commonwealth Home Support Program vs. Home Care Packages.
Differences in Care
Although the types of care available are similar for both CHSP and HCP subsidies, the amount of care you can receive is different.The Commonwealth Support Program is primarily for occasional or short-term care. It provides temporary services such as postoperative care, or entry-level support such as a weekly visit from a specialist.
Home Care Packages provide more comprehensive, ongoing care such as 24-hour care or support for enteral feeding.
On the other hand, the services you can receive are more flexible in a Home Care Package. An HCP gives you a set amount of funding which you can spend on any services you choose, and you can personalize the services to match your needs. With CHSP, your assessor will give you a list of approved services you can receive.
Commonwealth Home Support Program
1. Who is Eligible for CHSP Funding?
2. What is the Cost of CHSP Services?
3. How to Begin Receiving CHSP Services
4. How to Choose Your CHSP Provider
Here’s what you should ask when choosing a CHSP provider:
- When are services available, and what is the scheduling process? Is there a waiting period for the services you need? Make sure that the provider can offer scheduling at a time that’s convenient for you.
- Does this provider offer all the services you’re eligible for? If so, can they offer you a package discount if you purchase all your CHSP services from them?
- Do they offer any quality guarantees?
- What is the cost to you?
CHSP Services Offered by The CareSide
The CareSide offers all eligible Commonwealth Home Support Program services. We are also an approved provider for Home Care Packages, so if your needs change, you can top up your services or request an ACAT assessment to increase your services without having to find a new provider. The CareSide offers the best value care with both the CHSP and HCP.
Companion Care: Help with housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, or transportation.
Personal Care: Support for personal grooming, hygiene, and toileting tasks.
Post-Hospital Care: Short-term care after an operation or illness.
Respite Care: Additional help to provide respite for your family carers.
Ready to find care? Contact us to make The CareSide your CHSP provider.