More than $430 million will be provided to home support providers to help older West Australians live independently for longer.
The Government is providing the funding over the next two years to more than 70 WA Home and Community Care (HACC) services which are transitioning to the national Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) from 1 July 2018.
Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said the funding would give certainty to the organisations, to ensure they continued to deliver high-quality services to the more than 62,000 people who rely on their support.
“I have seen first-hand the enormous benefits of this program and how it helps older Australians to remain living at home in their local communities, close to their families and friends,” Minister Wyatt said.
“The transition of HACC services to the CHSP is consistent with arrangements across all other States and Territories and will allow us to provide consistent home support services to people as they age.”
The transition will ensure older Australians (aged 65 and over, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over) who have been receiving HACC support experience no change in services.
“The Government is also providing an additional $2.3 million to support the providers that are moving to the CHSP by offsetting some of the costs that may be incurred through this process,” said Minister Wyatt
“This funding will cover the costs of providers that need to update their systems and processes to meet the CHSP requirements.
“The Commonwealth and WA governments have been working hard to make the move to the CHSP as smooth as possible, to minimise the impact on providers and clients.”
The Commonwealth will offer the same level of funding that is currently allocated to eligible HACC services for older people.
Services that have been available to older people under the WA HACC Program will continue to be available under the CHSP and will largely be delivered by the same service providers.
Depending on their needs, people may be eligible to receive CHSP help including transport, domestic duties such as house cleaning, personal care, home maintenance and modifications, food preparation and meals on wheels, nursing, social support and respite care.
“The CHSP funding complements the recent Federal Budget’s $5 billion aged care boost, including the More Choices For A Longer Life package to give people more certainty, options and independence,” Minister Wyatt said.
Source: Australian Government