Commonwealth Home Support Program
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is an entry-level home support service for seniors who need some assistance with daily tasks to live independently at home and in the community. The aim of the CHSP is to help you live as independently as possible, with a focus on working with you rather than doing for you. It is about working on your strengths, capacity and goals to help you remain living independently and safely at home. We understand this can be a difficult step for people to take and will talk with you about what you would like us to assist with.
ConnectAbility can help you with the following CHSP services:
Domestic Assistance: Provides basic house cleaning such as mopping, vacuuming, and cleaning of bathrooms and toilets, hanging out washing and changing your bed linen. Staff can also carry out shopping from your supplied list. This assists you to keep your home in the way you choose. We will allocate a trained staff member to visit your home at a time suitable to you.
Social Support Individual: Accompanied activities such as taking you shopping or providing transport to doctors’ and allied health appointments and attending social outings.
Social Support Group: We run a Friday – Friendship Club which provides social support, morning tea, lunch, activities, entertainers, guest speakers, bingo and the opportunity to meet new people. The Friendship Club is held at the Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre.
The Home Care Packages program can help you to live independently in your own home. The program provides a subsidy towards a package of care and services to meet your goals, preferences and needs. A Case Manager will work with you and your family to tailor care and services.
The Home Care Packages Program provides four levels of support:
• Home Care Level 1 – basic care needs
• Home Care Level 2 – low level care needs
• Home Care Level 3 – intermediate care needs
• Home Care Level 4 – high care needs
Home care packages are not limited to a basic list of services. You can use your home care package funds to purchase a wide range of services including:
Care Services: such as personal care assistance, activities of daily living, nutrition, and management of skin integrity, continence management and mobility.
Support Services: such as domestic assistance, lawn mowing, home maintenance, respite, transport to medical appointments, accessing the community and shopping.
Clinical Services: such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Podiatry.
A Case Manager will support you through the process of understanding what your Home Care Packages can provide and walk you through the Home Care Agreement, Individual Budget and Individual Care Plan. Your Case Manager will conduct ongoing monitoring and formal reassessment to ensure that care and services continue to meet your needs.
So, stop worrying about what you cannot do – call ConnectAbility and have more time to do the things you want to do in life.