Funding for Older Australians to Live Independently at Home

The Australian Government will invest $5.5 billion in local services to help approximately 800,000 older Australians live independently at home for longer.

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1 July 2018

The Turnbull Government will invest $5.5 billion in local services to help approximately 800,000 older Australians live independently at home for longer.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the two-year funding provided certainty for 1,600 organisations delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and would begin on 1 July.

“I have seen first-hand the enormous benefits of this program and how it helps older Australians,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This is about giving them as much support and as many options as possible to remain living at home in their communities, close to their families and friends.

“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.”

Minister Wyatt said the CHSP provided basic home support but made a big difference.

“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.

“Your home support plan should be reviewed by your service provider every 12 months, to ensure you are receiving services and supports that continue to be right for you.”

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

To access CHSP services, call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media adviser 0419 835 449

Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.

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