Commonwealth Home Support
What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?
It is the most basic, entry level home help program for the ageing, who need a small amount of help at home to continue to live independently.
Am I Eligible?
Here are some basic eligibility criteria to give you an idea if the service is right for you:
You may be eligible for the Commonwealth Home support programme (CHSP) if you are:
- 65 years or older
- 50 years or older if you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- 50 years or older if you are a low-income earner, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- Still living at home
- Require help at home in order to continue living independently
The Assessment Process
Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to arrange an assessment or go to their website at www.myagedcare.gov.au
A local assessor from a Regional Assessment Service will contact you to arrange a meeting time to conduct a home support assessment and put together a support plan.
What you might need for the assessment:
- Medicare card
- Your G.P. contact details
- Identification documents (Driver’s licence, passport or 18+ card)
- Pensioner concession card if you have one.
- A support person (e.g. family member) to support you during your assessment.
- A list of items/ issues that you would like to discuss during your assessment.
What Services Can I Receive?
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is an entry level program that offers support to help individuals to continue living independently. Support services might include the following:
Meals at a community centre
Help with shopping
Help with preparing meals
Assistance with cooking
Meal delivery to the home
Social Support (community based)
Care for you while your carer has a break
How much will it cost?
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is subsidised by the Australian Government, however there are small costs involved in accessing the services. You will need to discuss these fees with the service provider that you receive the services from.
How Do I Arrange Services?
Once you have been approved for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and you have developed a home support plan with the assessor, you can do one of the following:
- Ask the assessor to arrange for a referral for service to be sent to a provider or
- Alternatively you can ask the assessor for your referral codes, and pass these codes onto the service provider that you choose to receive services from after considering which provider is best for you.