Funded by the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides a range of entry-level aged care services for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community.

If you are generally able to manage but just need some help with daily tasks to continue living at home, Commonwealth Home Support Programme services may be right for you. These services might also be suitable if you have had a setback and need support for just a short period of time to help you get back on your feet.

The aim of the program is to help older people live as independently as possible — with a focus on working with you, rather than doing for you.
It is about building on your strengths and abilities to help you remain living independently and safely at home.

The program is for people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

The program also includes support services for prematurely aged people on a low income who are 50 years or over (45 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Cottage Respite

At CPL, we understand you might need to find short term care for your loved one for a range of reasons. 

Our overnight respite program, run from our beautiful cottage in Ballina, is a leading respite facility in northern New South Wales. We provide round-the-clock personalised care in a safe and relaxing environment, giving you the peace of mind that your loved one is in the very best hands. 
The cottage has recently been renovated to accommodate a wide range of needs and guests can enjoy peaceful outdoor areas as well as the privacy of their own fully-equipped room. 

Our care:
•    24/7 care from our highly trained support staff
•    Personalised care to suit each individual 
•    Medication management 

The cottage:
•    Maximum of four guests per stay 
•    Central location in close proximity to key services 
•    Large size bedrooms 
•    Three freshly cooked meals per day 
•    TVs in each bedroom

Please note, an assessment by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) is not required. 

Anyone who receives the following is eligible for respite care:
•    A Home Care Package
•    Short-Term Restorative Care 
•    Commonwealth Respite and Carelink
•    A Commonwealth Home Support Program referral code

Flexible Respite (QLD & NSW)

Flexible Respite supports carers and their loved ones either in the home or the community. Services are delivered to embrace and maintain independence and support carers by assisting with personal care, cooking and cleaning, whilst offering individual goal setting, choice and decision making opportunities which are client centred and responsive to individual needs.

Centre-based Respite (NSW)

Centre-based programs based at The Maze in Alstonville provide opportunities for older people to attend/participate in group activities in a Centre-based setting, including excursions and activities outside of the centre. The service provides valuable social supports to people living with a dementia or are frail aged. The service also provides transport and meals according to dietary requirements. Our Centre-based program aims to provide customers and their carer’s with a holistic approach, incorporating the social, physical and physiological needs of all individuals.

Social Support Group (NSW)

Social Support group based at the Maze in Alstonville allows older people to participate in structured activities in a group setting. The programs are flexible and responsive to the individuals needs and provide an environment that encourages and supports the maintenance of daily living skills and opportunities for social interaction, it also gives carers a break.

Social Support Individual (NSW)

Social Support Individual assists older customers to participate in community life and everyday activities. To maintain independence, customers are supported in activities such as bill paying, accompanied shopping and attendance at appointments.

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health. Although funding for these services has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.

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