The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides Australian veterans and widows/widowers with a range of services to help you stay at home for as long as possible.
Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is designed to help you continue living at home by providing a small amount of practical help including domestic assistance, personal care, safety-related home and garden maintenance, and respite care.
If you are a Gold or White Card holder living at home, and have been assessed as needing home care assistance by a VHC Assessment Agency, you may be eligible for support through VHC.
Community nursing provides nursing and personal care services in your home for Gold or White Card holders.
If you are a Gold Card holder with high level personal care needs, identified by a Local Medical Officer, DVA will pay for your clinical nursing services. If you are a White Card holder, the condition requiring nursing must also be an accepted disability.
If you are not eligible for veterans’ services through DVA, you may still be able to access home care through the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).
The program is open to seniors over the age of 65, (or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) who need basic support to continue living in their own home.
CHSP services include:
If you are not eligible for veterans’ services and you have complex needs, you may eligible for a home care package from the Australian Government.
Packages are offered to seniors over the age of 65, (or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) who need coordinated, ongoing support to continue living in their own home.
The package levels are:
Home care package services include:
Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to discuss any costs associated with DVA services.
If you are finding it too difficult to manage at home, you can also consider residential aged care in an aged care facility.
Aged care facilities are open to seniors over 65 years (or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) who need 24-hour assistance from nurses and carers. The facilities also have secure dementia wings for people living with dementia.
Staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist you with anything you need, from showering and moving around to eating and participating in activities. Registered nurses take care of any wounds, stomas, medication management, chronic illness, and continence.
You can also try out living in a facility using residential respite services, where you move temporarily into an aged care facility for a few days or weeks. You will live with permanent residents and see for yourself whether you like the culture and activities on offer.
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