Supports for older persons
The SWSLHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service provides a range of assistance for elderly people wanting to stay living in their community and in their own or family member’s homes.
Services of assistance to carers include:
To make contacting the services easier a central contact point called the Triple I Hub is available for staff & community Phone: 1800 455 511
Is an Australian Government national free one-stop-shop for the community to access aged care services and information.
My Aged Care provides information on the following:
Services that might be suitable are:
The My Aged Care Contact Centre operates Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm Phone: 1800 200 422
If you are looking to help a family member, friend or someone else you know, find government subsidised aged care, becoming a representative with My Aged Care might be a good option for you. My Aged Care Appointment of a Representative Form
Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps an older person (65 years or older or 50 years and older for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons) stay independent and in their own home and community for longer.
The CHSP is an entry level home help programme funded by the Australian Government. If the older person can mostly - but not completely live and cope on their your own, and don't yet need higher levels of support at home, they may be eligible for this support.
To get support at home, they will need a home support assessment (conducted by the Regional Assessment Service). The CHSP can also help their Carer. If the Carer needs to attend to everyday activities, the CHSP can arrange for someone to help the care recipient while the carer is away.
Services provided under the CHSP include:
Cost of Services:
The Australian Government funds a variety of organisations to provide the CHSP in your area. The CHSP has a client contribution policy, with a view to ensuring that those who can afford to contribute to the cost of their care do so, whilst protecting those most vulnerable. The cost is discussed between the client and the provider. The rate is set before you receive the relevant services.
Accessing CHSP is done through the My Aged Care Contact Centre (see details above).
You can nominate a preferred local service but if there are no available service providers when you are looking for services, you can be put on a central wait list. If this happens, it is important to check with them on a regular basis to make sure your application is progressing.
Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is designed to help veterans' continue living at home by providing a small amount of practical help.
VHC is not designed to meet complex or high-level care needs. DVA has contracted organisations to provide assessment and coordination of VHC services (known as VHC Assessment Agencies) and contracted organisations to deliver VHC services (known as VHC Service Providers) across Australia.
Support for people with dementia and/or their Carers
Various organisations across South Western Sydney provide information, education, referrals and support for people living with dementia and their families and carers.
The SWSLHD Dementia Advisory Services provide information, education, dementia cafes for social support and other social activities.
To register for the services contact My AGED CARE on 1800 200 422 and ask to be referred for "Specialised Support Services Dementia". If you would like to more information on the services before you register, you can call them direct:
Online Palliative Care Resources
palliAGED is an online palliative care resource for carers of older people funded by the Department of Health.
Care Search is also an online palliative care resource centre for carers and professionals.
LifeCircle is an online resource and help for carers looking after someone at the end of their life.
NSW Health online Easy read resources
These sites contains:
A Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship are all legal documents for planning ahead. They provide assurance that your wishes can be respected if they are properly documented. For more information contact the NSW Trustee & Guardian on 1300 364 103 or your solicitor.
Advocacy & Legal Services
The Seniors Rights Service is a fully accredited Community Legal Centre that provides free and confidential advice , advocacy and education on matters affecting seniors such as:
Phone 1800 424 079 or email: email@example.com
The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) Offers free services that support older people and their representatives to address issues related to Commonwealth funded aged care services.
Phone 1800 700 600 https://opan.com.au