Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
We offer a range of flexible services to meet your home care needs. Our dedicated staff take pride in their work and offer professional care that’s shaped by your preferences. As a non-profit provider, our services are also cost-effective.
Choose the support you would like to receive from the following services. (hotlink each category please)
We’ll help you with:
- Shopping (doing it for you)
- Light meal preparation
- Light cleaning in your home, including dusting, vacuuming and mopping
Isolated people can be more vulnerable to depression and illness and at greater risk of having accidents at home. We’ll help you to stay well and well connected through a range of services including centre-based day care, bus outings, and individual social support.
Multicultural day care group
Our centre-based day care service gives seniors from diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to meet with people from their home country, make new friends, and converse in their language of origin. Groups cater for people who speak Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Macedonian and Spanish, and for Coptic and Muslim women.
Wellness and reablement are at the heart of all our activities and we help you to remain active and healthy through gentle group exercise, art and craft, music, festival celebrations and theme days. Our safe and supportive environment will encourage you to interact and build friendships. We also provide nutritious, culturally appropriate low-cost meals, and have a fleet of buses to transport you to and from activities.
Social bus outings
Our popular day trips take you to interesting places in greater Sydney and give you opportunities to make friends and socialise. Our friendly drivers pick you up from your pre-determined meeting point and return you to this point at the end of your trip.
Individual social support
If you’re unable to travel to our Bexley centre (at 405 Bexley Road) we can provide individual social support for you at home. Carers from your language and cultural background will visit to provide one-on-one support, and also help you stay socially connected. They can also help with simple tasks at home and assist you to enjoy social outings like going to the park, shopping and having coffee with friends.
RESPITE AND CARER SUPPORT
If you’re a carer it is important to take breaks, look after your own health needs, and maintain your social networks.
We can assist you with this through:
Flexible respite – providing professional support for your loved one while you take a break to catch up with other responsibilities, meet with friends, take part in a social activity, or just to get some rest.
Counselling and support – including short-term emotional and psychological support, guidance in your relationship with the person you care for, helping you to manage challenging behaviours (e.g. dementia), grief counselling, and advice about your rights as a carer.
Chinese carers and social groups – supporting Cantonese- and Mandarin-speaking carers and families to share their thoughts, needs and concerns with like-minded people. Many carers and families enjoy coming to these groups because they can speak freely about what it is like to care for a loved one and also learn from each other.
INFORMATION, SUPPORT, REFERRALS AND ADVOCACY
Advance Diversity Services is a vital hub for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds living in South-Eastern Sydney. Our culturally proficient, bilingual staff members are committed to providing information, advocacy, and support to older people, people with a disability, and their carers.
Our goal is to ensure our clients make the best use of the support available, are aware of changes to the aged care system as they happen, and receive the assistance they need to live independently in their own homes for as long as they choose.
We advocate on behalf of local CALD communities through the Multicultural Sector Support and Development Program, which provides community education programs to CALD seniors to improve their access to community services. We also train other service providers to understand the needs of CALD people and to address emerging needs in CALD communities.
HOW MUCH ARE CHSP SERVICES?
The Australian Government subsidises the cost of providing aged care services to people in their homes. However, people are also expected to contribute towards the cost of their care.
As a non-profit provider, we are committed to providing the best service for you at the lowest possible price. Our staff will discuss the cost of services at your initial consultation and prior to commencement of your services.
HOW TO GET CHSP SERVICES?
The aged care system in Australia can be complicated and confusing. Here are five easy steps to get your CHSP service:
Call our Intake Officers on (02) 9597 5455 who can assist you to navigate the system and will happily contact My Aged Care on your behalf. OR you can contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website.
Register with the My Aged Care website.
You will be assessed by the Regional Assessment Team.
Once you’ve been assessed and approved, you can choose Advance Diversity Services as your provider by calling us on (02) 9597 5455. Our staff will discuss your needs and preferences, and what services you wish to access. We offer no obligation consultation.
Sign your service agreement with us and your services will commence.