Up to $115M is available to support older people to live independently within their communities.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding round is targeting priority areas to address existing gaps in home support services across Aged Care Planning Regions for identified client (special needs) groups. These priorities vary depending on the identified local need and the availability of local services.
Growth funding is important to enable the sector to respond to the evolving needs of CHSP clients and to align with the growth in Australia’s population. Growth funding is allocated on the basis of funding priorities as determined by the Australian Government from time to time.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) aims to support frail, older people to live as independently as possible, in their own home and community, for as long as they can and wish to do so through the provision of timely, entry-level home support services. Where the frail, older person has a carer, the CHSP will also support the care relationship between CHSP clients and their carers who provide the support necessary to help the older person stay at home.
The objectives of the CHSP are to:
- Provide high-quality support, at a low intensity on a short-term or ongoing basis, or higher intensity services delivered on a short-term or episodic basis, to frail, older people to maximise their independence at home and in the community for as long as they choose, thereby enhancing their wellbeing and quality of life
- Support frail, older clients aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) through the direct service delivery of planned respite services, which will allow regular carers to take a break from their usual caring duties
- Support clients to delay, or avoid altogether, the need to move into more expensive forms of aged care, such as Home Care Packages or residential aged care, so that whole-of-system aged care costs can be kept at a sustainable level as the population ages and the number of people requiring care increases
- Ensure that all clients, including those with special needs, have equity of access to services that are socially and culturally appropriate and free from discrimination
- Ensure through the quality framework, including the Home Care Standards, that clients receive high quality services
- Facilitate client choice – to enhance the independence and wellbeing of older people, and ensure that services are responsive to the needs of clients
- Provide a standardised assessment process which encompasses a holistic view of client needs
- Provide flexible, timely services that are responsive to local needs.
Funding of up to $115 million from 2016-17 and 2017-18 is available for the CHSP growth funding round.
It is expected that the CHSP growth funding will commence from February 2017, subject to execution of grant agreements. All grant funds provided under this growth round must be expended by 30 June 2018. Funding beyond this date would be subject to consideration by Government.
The 2016 Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) growth funding round is a competitive process, open to all eligible organisations including those that do not currently receive CHSP funding.
The funding round targets priority areas to address existing gaps in home support services across Aged Care Planning Regions for identified client groups. The priorities vary depending on the identified local need and the availability of local services, and have been informed by broad consultation with the health and aged care sectors.
The government is targeting three CHSP sub-programs and 13 service types including meals, transport, goods, equipment and assistive technology and specialised support services.
Applications close 29 November 2016.