North and West Remote Health to support independent living for elderly

From December 1 one of the regions leaders in remote primary health care North and West Remote Health (NWRH) will be taking on the delivery of the Federal Governments Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) in Mount Isa, Doomadgee, Normanton and Mornington Island.

Formerly delivered by Cairns and Northern Territory based D&R Community Services the CHSP brings together four former programs including Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC), Planned Respite from the National Respite for Carers (NRCP), Day Therapy Centres (DTC) and Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) to provide entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community.

Support to be offered under the CHSP by North and West Remote Health will include assistance with day to day and speciality services such as housework, personal care such as bathing and dressing, meals and food preparation, help staying physically active, social support and activities, assistance with transport, nursing care, allied health support such as physiotherapy, podiatry or a dietician and access to counselling services.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of all people living in Northern Australia NWRH Chief Executive Officer Evelyn Edwards spoke on the planned uptake of the new program and its connection with their company values.

“Delivering the Commonwealth Home Support programme to remote Western Queensland intertwines seamlessly with our organisational vision for ‘Improved quality of life through active and healthy lifestyles’.”

“Allowing older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community is important to both the physical and emotional wellbeing of the service users and the overall communities health” said Evelyn.

“With changes in service providers sometimes a daunting process, we will be striving to maintain continuity of services as we transition to the uptake of the program, whilst working hard to minimise any possible disruption to services.”

To find out more about the CHSP service and referral processes interested parties are invited to phone My Aged Care on 1800 200 422, send a fax to the My Aged Care Contact Centre on 1800 728 174 or use the Make a Referral page on the My Aged Care website myagedcare.gov.au.

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