Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

CHSP helps senior Australians access entry-level in home care services and support to live independently and safely at home. It helps older people with low needs and offers entry level care.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • having trouble doing everyday activities without help, and
  • needing support to live independently in the community
  • 65 years or older (50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person), or
  • 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless or at risk of being homeless.

In home care services provided come under several categories:

  • Community and home support
  • Meals and food services
  • Allied health support services
  • Respite care
  • Help with care and housing.
Residential Care Subsidy

The Residential Care Subsidy is another option to support you to access in home care services. It is paid monthly and is calculated by adding the amounts due for each resident for each day of the month. A provider’s residential subsidy amount for the claim period (month) is:

  • the basic subsidy amount (Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)), for each eligible permanent resident based on their classification under the ACFI;
  • plus any primary supplements for each eligible care recipient (oxygen supplement, enteral feeding supplement);
  • less any reductions in subsidy;
  • plus any other supplements for each eligible care recipient (accommodation supplement, hardship supplement, viability supplement, veterans’ supplement, homeless supplement). Claims can be submitted to the Department of Human Services by either:
  • Entering the claim data in the Aged Care Online Claiming (ACOC) portal,
  • Posting the completed claim form to the Department of Human Services.

More detailthe Residential Care Subsidy and how it can help you get in home care services here.

Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) Queensland

Subsidy funding for medical aids and equipment available to eligible Queenslanders with permanent or stable conditions or disabilities.

Aids and equipment are subsidy funded either on a permanent loan basis, private ownership or through the supply of consumables. To apply, click here.

Queensland Artificial Limb Service (QALS)

Another subsidy that can help with in home care services is through QALS, the administration service responsible for the provision of prosthetic services to eligible residents of Queensland through the Queensland Government's 'Artificial Limb Scheme'. The Artificial Limb Scheme funds a variety of services for people requiring a definitive prosthesis (artificial limb), for basic day to day activities. This may include in home care services. Registration with QALS is a simple process, normally a single page form is all that is required, depending on the circumstances. The person requiring the funding support for definitive prosthetic services must be:

  • Aged 65 years or older;
  • be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or a holder of a protected special category visa (SCV);
  • listed on a current Medicare Card with no restrictions.
  • Completed an ‘interim rehabilitation program’, assessed and deemed competent and suitable to use a prosthetic limb
  • Not obtaining prosthetic funding support or services through another Government agency or state service

For more info on in home care services available through QALS, click here.

NSW Taxi subsidy scheme

Whilst not an in home care services subsidy, this is also one worth knowing about.
If you are a resident of NSW and are unable to use public transport because of a severe and permanent disability, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% off a taxi fare (up to a maximum of $60) where you pay the remaining fare. This includes travel in wheelchair accessible taxis.

To be eligible for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • normally reside in NSW
  • not be a member of a similar scheme in another Australian state or territory
  • be over school age (preschool aged children, regardless of disability, are ineligible for inclusion in the scheme)
  • have a severe and permanent disability in one of the specified categories.
The Tasmanian Rural Care Referral Program

This service aims to help people stay in their own home for as long as possible when they age, become frail or health deteriorates. It provides access to in home care services through the Home and Community Care Program, or HACC Program. The objectives of the Tasmanian HACC Program are to:

  • Provide services to eligible clients, to support people to be more independent at home and in their community, to improve quality of life and to prevent or delay admission to long term care.
  • The target population for the Tasmanian HACC Program are people with disabling conditions (including people with dementia) who are less than 65 years of age – or less than 50 years of age if the person is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
  • Services funded by the Tasmanian HACC Program include in home care services such as domestic assistance, personal care, social support and home maintenance, as well as home modifications, allied health services (such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy), community nursing, delivered meals, centre day care and community transport.
  • In addition the Tasmanian HACC Program also funds services for carers such as respite, counselling and information. The program also provides funding to organisations such as Carers Tasmania, Advocacy Tasmania and Volunteering Tasmania

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