My Aged Care
As part of the aged care reforms, ‘My Aged Care’ has been established as a single contact point to access the aged care system. ‘My Aged Care’ will provide you, your family and carers with information on, and referrals to, aged care services.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is one of the key areas where people may be referred.
What is ‘My Aged Care’?
‘My Aged Care’ is the new, central portal for information on, and access to, the aged care system. It consists of a website (www.myagedcare.gov.au) and a national call centre open between 8.00am and 8.00pm on weekdays and between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Saturdays. Phone 1800 200 422
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
In the recent reforms to aged care, the Federal Government made changes that will introduce a single, streamlined home support program from 1 July 2015. The CHSP aims to support older people so that they may continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. The CHSP will provide basic maintenance, care, support and respite services for older people living in the community. At this stage Western Australia is still negotiating their inclusion in this reform to the national program.
For many years, the Foundation has been advocating strongly at every possible turn to ensure people who develop vision loss over 65 years have access to affordable low vision aids, technology and support. Given the present access for this age group is denied through the NDIS, the only pathway is presently through the aged care system and the proposed CHSP.
Low vision aids and technology
An opportunity exists for the provision of low vision aids and technologies in the CHSP for older people with a disability.
In July 2014, the Federal Government released the draft Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) for public comment. The Foundation provided a strong submission recommending the appropriate inclusion of low vision aids and technology in the CHSP and supporting a holistic approach to assessment and support. Assessment by an occupational therapist, mobility aids, home modifications, and personal assistance are all part of the CHSP.
If the Foundation’s recommendations on the CHSP are accepted, it will be an important first step in securing support for older people living with low vision to enable independence, engagement with the community and enhanced quality of life.
3 September 2014