Are you 65 years or older, or 50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person? Or are you 50 years or older and on a low income, homeless or at risk of homelessness or in need of help at home to continue to live independently? You may be eligible for our Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
The CHSP is one consolidated programme that provides entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community. Carers of these clients will also benefit from services provided through the CHSP.
You may be eligible for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme if you are:
To find out if you need an assessment and if you are eligible for help at home services, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. The My Aged Care staff will ask you questions about your current needs and circumstances so they can refer you to appropriate aged care services. You will need to have a Regional Assessment Service assessment before you can be approved for care.
The aim of the CHSP is to help older people live as independently as possible — with a focus on working with you, rather than doing the work for you. It is about building on your strengths, capacity and goals to help you remain living independently and safely at home. If you have been injured or hospitalised you may be eligible for additional services through the program for a short period of time to help you get back on your feet after you return home. Speak to your service providers in the first instance.
Depending on your needs, support services that you may be eligible for include: