Commonwealth Home Support Program

CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Programme)

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is there for you if you are getting older but want to stay living in your own home for as long as you can, and wish, to do so. This programme emphasises wellness and re-enablement. Support services offered under the program take into account your individual goals, preferences and choices.

What Services can I receive under CHSP?

There is a variety of help you can receive under the CHSP. It might fall under the banner of Domestic Assistance, such as general house cleaning, getting some shopping delivered to your home or help getting the washing done. Perhaps you feel you need some Personal Care assistance, such as a reminder for you to take your medication on time, or it might be more Social Support you are after, for example, one of our staff can pop in for a visit, take you out shopping or for a cuppa, give you a call on the phone, or even contact you via e-mail.

There are lots of other services that may be helpful to you that can be provided under a CHSP, More information about what sort of help you can get is also available here.

The objectives of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme are to:

  1. Provide high-quality support, at a low intensity on a short-term or ongoing basis, or higher intensity services delivered on a short-term or episodic basis, to frail, older people to maximise their independence at home and in the community for as long as they choose, thereby enhancing their wellbeing and quality of life
  2. Support frail, older clients aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) through the direct service delivery of planned respite services, which will allow regular carers to take a break from their usual caring duties and support care relationships
  3. Support clients to delay, or avoid altogether, the need to move into more expensive forms of aged care (such as Home Care or residential aged care), so that whole-of-system aged care costs can be kept at a sustainable level as the population ages and the number of people requiring care increases
  4. Ensure that all clients, including those with special needs, have equity of access to services that are socially and culturally appropriate and free from discrimination
  5. Ensure through the quality framework, including the Home Care Standards, that clients receive high quality services
  6. Facilitate client choice – to enhance the independence and wellbeing of older people, and ensure that services are responsive to the needs of clients
  7. Provide flexible, timely services that are responsive to local needs.

Uralla Shire Council offers a broad range of services under the CHSP

Sub-programme Service type Service sub-type
Community and Home Support Domestic Assistance General House Cleaning
Unaccompanied Shopping (delivered to home)
Linen services
Personal Care Assistance with Self-Care
Assistance with Client Self-administration of Medicine
Social Support Individual Visiting
Telephone/Web Contact
Accompanied Activities, e.g. Shopping
Allied Health and Therapy Services Podiatry
Occupational Therapy
Social Work
Speech Pathology
Accredited Practising Dietitian or Nutritionist
ATSI Health Worker
Ongoing Allied Health and Therapy Services
Restorative Care Services
Diversional Therapy
Exercise Physiologist
Other Allied Health and Therapy Services
Social Support Group Elders Day CentreDay Centre
Home Maintenance Minor Home Maintenance and Repairs
Major Home Maintenance and Repairs
Garden Maintenance
Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology Self-care Aids
Support and Mobility aids
Medical Care Aids
Communication Aids
Other Goods and Equipment
Reading Aids
Car Modifications
Meals At Home
At Centre
Transport Direct (driver is volunteer or worker)
Indirect (through vouchers or subsidies)
Centre-based Respite Centre Based Day Respite
Community Access – Group
Residential Day Respite

Special needs groups

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme will recognise people with cultural or other special needs with appropriate services which reflect the diversity of our community.

  • People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People who live in rural and remote areas
  • People who are financially or socially disadvantaged
  • Veterans
  • People who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless
  • People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
  • People who are care leavers
  • Parents separated from children by forced adoption or removal.
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program