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Helps eligible veterans and war widows/widowers with assessed low-level care needs to remain in their own homes. Veterans' Home Care can:, Assess home care needs, Enable access to a range of assessed care services through a single entry point, Determine an appropriate plan of support and care, Refer, if necessary, to other DVA or community based benefits and services
- Home help - cleaning, ironing/laundry and assistance with meal preparation. Shopping for a limited number of items and bill paying done on client's behalf but client not accompanied
- Personal care - including daily non-clinical self-care assistance such as bathing, dressing, toileting
- Home maintenance - limited to minor maintenancce or repair tasks such as washer replacement, gutter cleaning. For property maintenance advice and tasks requiring qualified tradespersons, contact the Veterans' Home Maintenance Helpline
- Home and garden maintenance - limited to ensuring the environment is safe; excludes weeding, pruning, lawn mowing, tree lopping
- Respite care - Emergency: For situations where the carer is suddenly and unexpectedly unable to continue in the caring role. Any emergency respite hours are in addition to the normal in-home or residential respite paid by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Limited number of hours apply.
- Respite care - In-Home: Up to 196 hours (28 days) of in-home respite, residential respite or combination of both. 7 hours of in-home respite is equivalent to 1 day in a residential respite facility
- Respite care- In Hospital: DVA may approve Respite in hospital only in exceptional circumstances, when there is no bed in a residentail aged care facility.
- Respite care - Residential Aged Care Facility. Up to 196 hours (28 days) of in-home respite, residential respite or a combination of both. 7 hours of in-home respite is equivalent to 1 day in a residential respite facility. DVA will pay the Basic Daily Care Fee in Commonwealth-funded residential respite facilities. Gaps may be payable for respite in non-Commonwealth funded facilities. Note: DVA will not approve funding for residential respite immediately following a period of acute or convalescent care and there must be a clear intention for the eligible person to return the community following residential respite care
Last updated: 29-06-2011