13/03/2017

More Commonwealth Home Support services for Wide Bay

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today announced that an extra $800,925 will be made available under the Coalition Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) to fund in home care services for older people.

“The funding will be made available to aged care providers to extend domestic assistance and care services to people in their home,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I understand that as people age they prefer to stay in the comfort, security and familiar surrounds of their own home, and this funding will deliver the care they need to make them more comfortable at home.

“The funding provides practical support, helping people to stay in the communities they grew up in, or worked in all their lives, and is a great way to keep communities strong.

“Older people assessed as needing assistance around the house, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance can access the help they need to stay at home, near family and friends.

“Activities that can be funded also include transport services to take people to appointments, as well as social events in their local community, and this interaction can be very important for an older person’s happiness and wellbeing.”

Approximately 245 organisations across Australia will share in $115 million in extra aged-care funding support from the Australian Government, enabling older Australians to continue to live independently at home and in their communities.

The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people – 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence.

Information about the CHSP Growth Funding Round is available on the Tenders and Grants page on the Department of Health website.