The government will soon begin consultations on the essential design elements of the new home support program, being developed in response to the final report of the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Seniors’ Care.
The program will replace the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), Home Care Packages (HCP), Short-Term Restorative Care Program (STRC) and residential respite programs.
To be developed in consultation with older Australians and community stakeholders, the program will take into account the recommendations of the Royal Commission to help older Australians stay at home longer.
This document presenting the home support program describes the design of the proposed program. It discusses the main aspects of the program and provides a consultation plan for 2022.
The government will consult on the design elements of the program, including:
- more consistent and accurate assessment modalities that recognize that not all people need intensive assessments;
- a modern classification and funding system to ensure that the support elderly Australians receive matches their assessed care needs;
- increased choice of providers for all types and levels of home care;
- the emphasis on the management of care in the evaluation and funding modalities;
- better support for informal carers;
- more support for early intervention to help people stay independent at home longer.