Staying at home
The Australian Government recognises that many older Australians want to stay in their own homes as long as they can. By 2050, over 3.5 million Australians will access aged care each year with around 80 per cent of the services delivered in the community.
$955.4 million has been committed over five years to help people stay at home through:
- streamlined access to entry-level care services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme
- more consumer directed Home Care Packages.
Help to Stay at Home
An aged care system to support people to stay at home longer, provide greater choice for consumers, make it easier to find information and access support, and improve the equity, quality and availability of aged care.
Commonwealth Home Support Programme
On 1 July 2015, the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) was introduced. The CHSP is one of the changes being made to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. The CHSP consolidates the following four Commonwealth-funded home support programs into one streamlined and simplified program:
- Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program*
- National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)
- Day Therapy Centres Program (DTC)
- Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program (ACHA).
Consolidating these programs provides a comprehensive basic home support programme for older people to continue to live in the community and ease red tape for service providers.
*The consolidation of HACC into the CHSP does not apply in Victoria and Western Australia. HACC services continue to be delivered as a jointly funded Commonwealth-State program that provides services to older people and younger people with disabilities.
Home Care Packages
Home Care Today is a national website that aims to support both consumers and home care providers to work together to implement consumer directed care in home care packages.