Assistance available for carers
Published at: 13 Dec 2019
SHEPPARTON COUPLE SUPPORTED VIA COMMONWEALTH HOME SUPPORT PROGRAMME
As a loving wife, Vikki Pryde has always supported her husband Ross Tappe.
But in recent years her role has shifted up a notch, also becoming his carer.
Caring for somebody can be a bigger job than it seems.
So the couple was grateful for the support received via GV Health’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP Flexible Respite Carer Support).
“The program is all about carer support,” GV Health CHSP Flexible Respite Carer Support Coordinator Janelle Stevenson said.
“We provide services to help assist them in their role as carer.
“In-home respite is the main support; but we can also offer personal assistance, meal preparation, transport, social inclusion and care coordination linking clients into other services.
“The care that we put in for Ross is to give his wife Vikki a break, and to make sure Ross can access the community.”
The program may provide up to three hours of carer support per week and Mr Tappe said he usually spent the time with his carer tackling projects around the home or having an outing.
“They’ve organised transport for me,” Mr Tappe said.
“I’ve come into town to meet up with some friends and have some lunch.”
Ms Stevenson explained that alleviating social isolation was a key benefit of the program.
“If the care recipient can have an outing, one that they usually don’t have much opportunity for, it gives them a huge boost,” she said.
Ms Stevenson said the program could also support carers with tasks that they were unable to do such as personal care.
“Some people, for instance, are unable to shower and it might be too difficult for their partner to shower them. So we will organise for a carer to come in and do that,” she said.
“We can also get a carer to come in and prepare meals.
“It’s all about giving people choice about what their service looks like as well and being flexible to arrange the service to suite their unique circumstances.”
GV Health’s CHSP services northern and central Victoria and southern New South Wales.
Ms Stevenson said those aged over 65 years or those with an age-related illness could apply for the CHSP by phoning My Aged Care and going through the assessment process.
“If you’re unsure about how to apply however, the Community Interlink Intake Team will be able to assist you,” she said.
“Phone them on 1300 203 203 for CHSP application support and help to navigate the My Aged Care system.”