Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

Older person home care services out in community

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)?

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme, often called CHSP for short, is a funded aged care program that supports people over the age of 65 years (or 50 years if you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person) who are living in their own homes.

CHSP services are designed to provide light support and is suited to people who can mostly manage on their own and are independent, but may need assistance with some tasks, or short-term help. It is often considered to be the step before a Home Care Package.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme services with Whiddon

Whiddon offers a number of services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. These services include:

Social Support and Social Groups

CHSP is a different type of Community Care program to a Home Care Package and it is often described as an entry to the Home Care Packages program.

Under the CHSP, you are able to access specific services, such as Domestic Assistance, Social Groups or Personal Care. This is different to Home Care Packages where you have a budget allocated to spend on the services that you choose. Because the organisation that you access your CHSP services through may only provide a few service types, you can have services delivered by more than one organisation.

How do I get started?

To access CHSP services you will need to be assessed by a Regional Assessment Team. You can arrange this through My Aged Care, we’re also here to help so please let us know if you need assistance in arranging this.

If you have been assessed for CHSP and live in South West Sydney, Northern Sydney, Narrabri, Tamworth or surrounding areas, please talk to us about accessing CHSP services with Whiddon.

What do CHSP services cost?

The services that you receive through the CHSP are heavily subsidised by the Government, so your cost is much lower than, for example, private aged care services.  Your contribution to the services are based on an hourly amount and depend on a number of factors. Please contact our team to understand what these costs might be for you.

Where can I access CHSP services?

Whiddon are approved to provide CHSP services in a number of locations across New South Wales. These locations include: South West Sydney (Campbelltown, Liverpool and surrounds), Northern Sydney (Hornsby and surrounds), and the New England region (Narrabri, Wee Waa and Tamworth).

Read more information about Domestic assistance, Seniors Club and Personal Care by downloading our brochures below


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