Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3783 ..
In relation to Home and Community Care (HACC), Handy Help and Home Help funding:
(1) How much funding has been provided via HAAC to the Handy Help program for (a) 2002-03 (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2000-01;
(2) How much funding has been provided via HACC to the Home Help program for the years at (1) above
(3) What specific services do both the Handy Help and Home Help programs provide, and who is able to access these services;
(4) Are there any charges to the user of the Handy Help and Home Help services and if so, what are those charges and how are they applied.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:
(1) Handy Help ACT Inc received funding;
(2) Home Help Service ACT Inc received funding:
Both Handy Help and Home Help provide basic support services to allow people to continue to live at home for a much longer period rather than being in residential care. However, the services provided by these agencies are very different.
Services provided by Handy Help include home maintenance (lawn mowing and spring cleaning) and home modifications.
Services provided by Home Help include domestic assistance (similar to regular house cleaning, eg, vacuuming, cleaning the toilet and shower) and personal care (eg. assistance with showering and dressing).
Both services are funded under the HACC program so access to these services is for the target population as defined by the "National Program Guidelines for the HACC Program". That is:
persons living in the community who, in the absence of basic maintenance and support services provided or to be provided within the scope of the Program, are at risk of premature or inappropriate long term residential care, including:
(i) older and frail persons, with moderate, severe or profound disabilities;
(ii) younger persons with moderate, severe or profound disabilities; and
(iii) the carers of persons (as above)
(4) Both Handy Help and Home Help services have client co-payments for the services they