Seniors given billion-dollar chance to stay at home longer
AUSTRALIAN seniors will have the chance to live independently at home for longer after the Federal Government announced a $5.5 billion investment in local services.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said older Australians will enjoy "enormous benefits" from the two-year funding that will provide certainty for organisations delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
"This is about giving them as much support and as many options as possible to remain living at home in their communities, close to their families and friends," Minister Wyatt said.
"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 older Australians more certainty, options and independence."
The funding boost will help senior Australians with services such as transport, house cleaning, personal care and social support.
And Minister Wyatt said those services will prove the difference between staying at home or moving into aged care.
"I have seen first-hand the enormous benefits of this program and how it helps older Australians," he said.
"Depending on their needs, people may be eligible to receive help with 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.
"It also includes support services for prematurely aged people on low incomes who are 50 years or over and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
"Your home support plan should be reviewed by your service provider every 12 months, to ensure you are receiving services and supports that continue to be right for you."
The CHSP is available for people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and can be accessed by calling the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.