The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is a home support and social support program funded by the Australian Federal Government. It assists older people to live independently for longer, and who don’t yet need higher levels of care.
To access the program you need to meet certain criteria.
How do I know if CHSP is right for me?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you 65 years or older,
- 50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person,
- Are you still living at home?
- Do you think that if you get some support, you will be able to remain living independently for longer?
If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then you, or your carer, can apply for CHSP services from NT Friendship and Support.
How does a CHSP assessment work?
Under CHSP a basic assessment is conducted by a My Aged Care regional assessor who will talk to you about your needs. Together, you will be able to work out what you need and if you are eligible. Its all about what’s best for you.
Do you have an unpaid carer, such as a family member or neighbour?
If you have a carer, the basic assessment will also take into consideration their needs in order to determine how they can best support you. CHSP can arrange for someone to support your carer to have a break,as well as providing expert advice and support
What types of services are provided?
CHSP services provided by NTFS may include:
1:1 support in your home or within the Community
Social support in a group setting
Carer respite - to decrease carer burnout and to give both the care recipient and carer a break
Who pays for CHSP services?
The Australian Government funds CHSP service providers so they can deliver services to you, however; clients are required to pay a contribution for activities and services.