Support at Home Program

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Home support services are set to undergo major changes due to a reform planned by the Commonwealth Government, following recommendations from The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

A new program called Support at Home will replace current services funded by the Federal Government. It is due to start on 1 July 2024.

The Support at Home program will replace the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) from 1 July 2024 as well as Home Care Packages and Short Term Restorative Care.

CHSP is the subsidised service for clients over the age of 65, or 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients.

Corangamite Shire Council currently delivers CHSP services on behalf of Government.

Council provides services to residents in Camperdown, Terang, Lismore, Derrinallum, Skipton and surrounds.

Corangamite Shire Council has engaged INCITE Information to undertake a formal review of its Positive Ageing and Inclusion programs to help understand what the changes mean for the services.

Background

The Home Support programs Council delivers on behalf of the Commonwealth Government are undergoing major reforms. A new program called Support At Home will replace all current Commonwealth-funded services. Corangamite Shire Council is currently undertaking a formal review of its Positive Ageing and Inclusion programs to better understand what the changes will mean.

Why is this happening?

The Commonwealth Reforms are a result of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality which found major changes and improvements were needed to better care for and support older Australians. The changes are in line with Royal Commission’s recommendation 35, to implement a new aged care program, and recommendation 118, to introduce a new funding model for care at home. The focus of the reforms are about clients having as much choice as possible in who delivers their service, the type of service, when the service is delivered and how. It gives clients greater flexibility and dignity to choose their own care – similar to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

What services are affected by the reform?

All services funded by the Commonwealth Government will be impacted by the changes including the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) which is the subsidised service provided to clients over the age of 65, or 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients, as well as clients on Home Care Packages and Short Term Restorative Care (eg people leaving hospital who may need short term help). We are reviewing all of our services and what the reform will mean for each service type including Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP (Under 65), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Veterans Home Care.

Why is Corangamite Shire undertaking a review?

We are undertaking a review to better understand what the Commonwealth reforms mean for our programs and services as well as what kind of services Council might consider providing into the future.

When does the new Support at Home Program start?

The Support at Home Program was due to start on 1 July 2023, but this has now been extended to 1 July 2024, with more details to be advised as the Commonwealth continues to consult with stakeholders and work through the detail.

I'm a client - what will happen to my services?

We are committed to providing our clients with continuity of care whilst we undertake the review. We will keep you updated as our review progresses, and we are provided with more information from the Commonwealth Government. 

Do I need to do anything?

At this stage, you do not need to do anything. We will keep you updated as we work through the details of the reforms as they become available.

Who can I contact?

There is more information available from the Commonwealth Government at Home Page - Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub (health.gov.au)

Council will also keep you updated via letter. If you would like to get in touch in the meantime, you can call Chloe McGowan on 0436 852 861 or chloe.mcgowan@corangamite.vic.gov.au

 

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