The Australian Government subsidises different types of aged care services to help older people. These services include help for those who want to stay in their own home or in an aged care home, as well as support for those caring for someone.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides support for those who want to stay in their own home but need some help with daily tasks or require entry level care.It is for older people who are mostly – but not completely – able to live and cope on their own, and don’t yet need higher levels of support at home. Services may include domestic assistance with household jobs, personal care, home maintenance, home modification and nursing care. Other services provided in the community may also include social support for socail acitivities in a community-based group setting and help with transport to go shopping or to attend appointments.

Home care packages

For those with more complex needs, home care packages provide similar services to the Home Support Programme but the services are co-ordinated and tailored to meet specific needs.

After-hospital care (transition care)

Transition care is for older people who have been in hospital, but need more help to recover and time to make a decision about the best place for them to live in the longer term. Transition care may be provided either in the home or in a ‘live-in’ setting. This setting can be part of an existing aged care home or health facility such as a separate wing of a hospital. You can only access transition care directly from hospital.

More information

For more information visit the My Aged Care website.

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