The Government has announced an additional $115 million in additional aged care funding support through the latest the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Growth Funding Round.
Approximately 245 organisations will share in the funding to deliver services throughout Australia, which the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, announced at an event at Catholic Healthcare in Sydney on Friday.
“The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence,” he said.
“These services assist older Australians to live at home longer and enjoy all the benefits of being in their local community.
“The extra $115 million in funding will be used to help older people – 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – who are assessed as needing assistance with household chores, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance.
“It will provide extra transport services to take clients to appointments as well as social events in their local community.
“In addition, the funding will support vulnerable people, including the homeless, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people and those in rural Australia.”
“It will provide much needed additional nursing services, respite care services, allied health and therapy services, such as physiotherapy and speech pathology, and assistance with care and housing that is responsive to local community needs.”