There is a new arrangement for funding of home care services in WA, as Home and Community Care (HACC) funding is replaced by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme from 1 July 2018.
What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?
Are you receiving help at home? Or maybe you know someone who does.
If you're’re over 65, there’s a good chance your care is being subsidised by the Western Australian State Government under a program known as Home and Community Care or 'HACC'.
From 1 July 2018, HACC services for older people (people aged 65 and over and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over) will instead be funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, or 'CHSP'.
Services for younger people (people aged under 65 and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged under 50) remain funded and managed by the WA Department of Health for HACC services and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
CHSP is Australia’s national funding program to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. Western Australia is the last state to be included in CHSP’s coverage.
The good news for Silver Chain clients is there will be no change to their current services or the amount of funding they receive.
If you or someone you know is affected by this change, you are not required to do anything. Our clients will continue to receive the same funding from CHSP and the same services from Silver Chain.
The only change our clients will see is on their monthly Services Account statement where it lists the name of where their funds come from. For example, where it previously said, 'Home and Community Care' it will now say 'Commonwealth Home Support Programme' or 'CHSP'.
Our knowledgeable care team can help you make sense of home care services, how to get started, answer any other questions you may have and refer you for an assessment, so it’s easy for you to make informed decisions.