What

is Community Care?

The Community Care sector is a group of programs that have been established as a support system for frail older people, people with disability & the carers of both groups to allow people to remain in the community & live in their own homes, as an alternative to institutional or residential care. Community Care services exist across NSW & Australia, although they have tended to develop differently to meet the particular needs of each region or community.

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Funding Programs & Eligibility

COMMONWEALTH HOME SUPPORT PROGRAMME

National program funded by the Australian Government & administered by the Australian Government Department of Health (DOH). Available to:
• Frail, older people (aged 65 years & over or 50 years & over for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people) & who need assistance with daily living to remain living independently at home & in the community
• Frail, older Commonwealth Home Support clients aged 65 years & over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) will be the direct service recipients of planned respite services, which will allow regular carers to take a break from their usual caring duties
• People aged 50 years & over on a low income who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of experiencing housing stress or not having secure accommodation

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VETERANS’ HOME CARE (VHC)

Funded by the Australian Government, through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), who contracts a Regional Assessment & Coordination Agency [tel: 1300 550 450] & service provider/s in each region.
To be eligible, a person must be:
• a veteran of the Australian defence forces; or
• a defence or war widow/widower of a veteran of the Australian defence forces or an Australian mariner; & have
• a Repatriation Health Card - for all conditions (Gold Card); or
• a Repatriation Health Card - for specific conditions (White Card).

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HOME CARE PACKAGES (HCPs)

National program funded by the Australian Government under the Aged Care Act 2013 & administered by the Australian Government Department of Health (DOH). Available to older people when they are:
• assessed by ACAT as having complex care needs that can only be met by a co-ordinated care package; &
• would be assessed, if the person applied for residential care, as eligible to receive residential care at least at the low level of care; &
• prefers to remain living at home; &
• is able to remain living at home with the support of community care.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTS PROGRAM (CSP)

Enables people with severe physical disabilities to move out of the restricted institutional setting of nursing homes & to live in their own homes in the community. ACP is administered by NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) & has a single entry point via the Attendant Care & Physical Disability Unit. [note: this will be transitioned to NDIS in this area from 1 July 2017]

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COMMUNITY CARE SUPPORTS PROGRAM (CCSP)

NSW program funded & administered by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS). Available to:
• younger persons under 65 years with moderate, severe or profound disabilities
• the carers of these people
[note: this will be transitioned to NDIS in this area from 1 July 2017]

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DISABILITY SERVICES PROGRAM (DSP)

A State service program reflecting the principles of the NSW Disability Services Act, & with funding from the Australian Government through the National Disability Agreement (NDA), administered by NSW Department of Family & Community Services. [note: this will be transitioned to NDIS in this area from 1 July 2017]

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