Commonwealth Home Support Program
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is a program that supports older people who are still managing at home, but require some extra assistance to continue living independently.
What is the Commonwealth Home Support Program?
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) helps older Australians access support services to live independently and safely at home. The Beaufort and Skipton Health Service CHSP team will work with you to help you maintain your independence at home.
Am I eligible for CHSP?
Eligibility for this program is based on your support needs and age.
To be eligible you must be aged:
- 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
- 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people), on a low income and homeless, or at risk of being homeless
An aged care assessment will tell you if you are eligible for CHSP, including specific services.
What services can I get through CHSP?
Allied Health and Therapy Services
Allied Health services are provided onsite at Beaufort and Skipton Community Health. Services include, Audiology, Mental Health Counselling, Diabetes Education, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Social Work.
Our District Nursing service provides quality nursing care in your home to maintain your health and retain independence in your own home. Services include wound and medication management, nursing support, palliative care nursing, care following hospital discharge, assessment and referral to other services.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a home-based service delivering hot and nutritious meals to people who are homebound or find it difficult to cook for themselves. Meals are prepared in our hospital kitchens and delivered by volunteer drivers. There are several meals options available and frozen meals can be delivered for the weekend.
Social Support Groups
Our Social Support Groups provide an opportunity for community members to remain connected to one another while participating in a variety of activities. A variety of social support groups are available across both Beaufort and Skipton, to best suit your needs socially and physically.
Individual Social Support
Individual Social Support enables you to have one-on-one time with a staff member to assist you with activities such as, shopping, visiting at home or going out for a cuppa.
Personal Care Services
Support with eating, washing, toileting, dressing, grooming, movement and mobility and assistance with medications.
Please refer to table below for services available in your area.
If you have any concerns regarding fees, please discuss these with our Care Coordinator.
You can choose your preferred service provider and you can also use different providers for different services.