The Department of Health is aware there is high demand for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services and that some providers have limited capacity to take on new referrals, which can impact timely hospital discharge for some clients. Where possible, the department is seeking your assistance to provide timely community-based aged care supports to clients who are being discharged from hospital.
Where providers incur additional costs in supporting increased hospital discharges, they can apply for funding under the CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Round (GO3877) on the GrantConnect website.
CHSP providers are also reminded that when a client is either suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, these clients should only be recommended for hospital admission where there is a genuine need for higher level clinical or medical supports. Where admission does not occur, CHSP providers are expected to continue service delivery and have appropriate COVID-19 procedures in place to protect their staff and clients.
CHSP providers must continue to follow state and territory restrictions and guidelines to ensure the safe delivery of essential aged care services and protect their employees, volunteers and clients.
Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians Newsletter, 29 November 2021