Here are some commonly used aged care terms and acronyms for your reference.

Consumer Directed Care (CDC)

The guiding principles of Consumer Directed Care are to enable consumers to experience greater choice and control in the supports they receive to achieve their goal. People are encouraged to participate in the planning and implementation of their supports and to partner with their provider. There is transparency in budgeting and in the costs of service provision.

Home Care Packages (HCP)

Home Care Packages are funded by the Commonwealth Government and all new HCP’s are delivered on a CDC basis. Eligibility is determined by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and the fee you will be asked to contribute is assessed by Centrelink. There are currently 4 levels of HCP’s each with increasing level’s of funding available.

Home and Community Care (HACC)

The Home and Community Care (HACC) program provides basic support services to some older people, people with a disability and their carers to assist them to continue living independently at home. Supports might include assistance to participate in social activities, assistance in everyday household tasks, assistance to support independence or assistance with essential activities. Eligibility is determined by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS).

Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) funds respite services including short term cottage respite, respite in the home and in the social centres.

These services are all designed to provide support to family carers and assist them in their caring role.