Low ‘entry level’ home support services such as domestic assistance (housekeeping), home maintenance and support for social interaction (either at home or out) are available for people who meet the eligibility criteria for the Australian Government subsidised Commonwealth Home Support Program.
The term ‘entry level’ refers to home support services provided at a low intensity on a short-term or ongoing basis, or higher intensity services on a short-term or episodic basis.
Our ‘Social Support’ program includes offering transport services and accompanying older people for shopping, bill paying, attendance at appointments (privacy provided) and other related activities. These services can be provided to an individual or an aged couple.
We have an extensive range of Community Lifestyle activities aimed at increasing social interaction for older people. Many of these group activities are based at our Joy Rice Centre in Nuriootpa and can be accessed directly or through the Home Support Program, subject to eligibility requirements being met.
A low hourly fee is payable for each home based service received. For our Community Lifestyle activities a low set fee is payable for each attendance. Varying rates apply if paying privately, as part of the Home Support Program or for people receiving services through a Home Care Package.
Target groups for the Commonwealth Home Support Program include:
- Frail, older people (aged 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and who need assistance with daily living to remain living independently at home and in the community.
- Frail, older people (aged 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) not already receiving support through a Home Care Package (see below).
All referrals for new or additional services for the Commonwealth Home Support Program will be directed to the My Aged Care website portal anytime at www.myagedcare.gov.au or telephone contact centre 1800 200 422 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm or Sat/Sun 10am-2pm.