The Morrison Government is committed to supporting senior Australians to live independently in their own homes as long as possible, with assistance as needed.
A new $29.2 million trial will assess whether more active, targeted support helps people to become more physically able, mobile and able to care for themselves.
Research shows that active support which focuses on an individual’s strengths and goals can be very effective in helping them to remain independent, and can reduce the need for more complex, ongoing services.
The “reablement model”, based on an approach used in Western Australia and Victoria, will be trialled by five Regional Assessment Service (RAS) organisations which assess clients applying for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
Aspire4Life, APM Assessment Services, Care Assess, NSW Health Administration Corporation and Resthaven will trial the model in locations in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia.
Training of participating RAS assessors and mentors by Access Care Network Australia (ACNA) has begun and the trial will be progressively rolled out from now until June 2020.
In the trial, service providers, senior Australians, their families and carers will be encouraged to focus more on independence and autonomy.
All consumers in the trial regions will receive an “active assessment”. Most are expected to complete a reablement program lasting six to eight weeks, during which they will be assessed and coached to achieve their capability goals.
They may also receive time limited CHSP services including greater access to basic aids, equipment and assistive technologies before being referred for ongoing CHSP services.
Clients who are not considered suitable for the reablement program because of their level of need will be referred direct to CHSP services.
The reablement trial for CHSP clients is part of the Morrison Government’s 2018-19 Budget measure to promote better ageing and independent living.
It will also include deep sector engagement and a range of activities to support assessment organisations, service providers and consumers, such as training programs, resources and practical supports.
The trial includes additional funding of up to $5 million for CHSP service providers in trial sites to support the expected increase in consumer demand.
An independent evaluation of the trial will be used to assist in shaping a future aged care system based on greater independence and choice.