Supported by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (often referred to as CHSP or pronounced ‘chisp’), Carer Support offers a range of low-cost services for people over 65 whether they are in a caring role or just need a little help to remain living independently at home.
Access to Carer Support services is by referral, after assessment by the MyAgedCare gateway. You must register with them and then once assessed, you will be provided with a code, which enables you to access services from Carer Support.
The aim of CHSP is to delay, or altogether avoid the need to move to more complex forms of aged care. Services can be low intensity on a short-term or ongoing basis, e.g cleaning for 2 hours once a fortnight, or 1 hour gardening once a month; or higher intensity services delivered on a short-term or episodic basis, e.g 3 hour garden safety clean up in Autumn or 2 hours, daily respite for a week while overcoming illness. The goal is to maximise ability to remain at home and in the community, enhancing wellbeing and quality of life.
Carer Support Services:
Taking a planned and regular break from the caring role is essential. Under CHSP respite is provided to the person who needs care, enabling the carer to take a break. Carer Support can do this in many ways such as:
- In-home a daytime service, supporting people in their own familiar surroundings. A care worker will come to the home and take on the caring role, providing the carer with a break.
- Community access one-on-one structured activities to give people a social experience to develop, maintain or support independent living and social interaction. A care worker will accompany someone out of the home, providing the carer a break from their role.
Maintaining or developing links within the local community can be more difficult as you age due to transport issues or health conditions. Social connection is essential for good mental health and reduces the negative effects of isolation. Carer Support can assist with social connections in many ways such as:
- Providing individual companionship, either within the home or help to get out and access the community. Community access may be social or hobby group, shopping, completing errands or having a coffee and a chat.
- Providing group programs, online or in a community location. Groups vary in their focus and scheduling- some are weekly, others run for 6 week blocks, like our art groups, or special events like a Museum Tour, please refer to our activities/events page to find out more
Carer Support can provide transport to enable people to attend our activities or groups or as part of an individual service. A care worker can be arranged to pick up and drop off, physically assisting if required. We can also provide you with a taxi voucher to make getting around a little eaiser. Contact us if you would like to know more.
Help around the home
Maintaining a safe, secure and healthy home environment can be hard due to health issues, either short term or long term. Carer Support encourages people to keep doing as much as they can and want to do, however can provide a care worker to complete the tasks that have become too difficult. Commonly assistance is provided with cleaning, laundry, or going to the shops, but services are tailored to the needs of the person, call now to discuss your options.
Gardening and home maintenance
Keeping the home inside and out, safe and accessible is essential for health and wellbeing within the community. Carer Support encourages people to keep doing as much as they can and want to do, however can provide someone to complete tasks that have become too difficult or dangerous. Commonly assistance is provided by a monthly garden tidy, seasonal gutter clean and cleaning of driveways. Services are tailored to the needs of the person, call our friendly team to discuss your options.