The Veterans' Home Care (VHC) program, introduced by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) can help you with low level care needs to live independently in your own home for longer.
The VHC offers a range of services including:
If you have higher personal care needs or require specific medical assistance such as wound care or medication management a nurse from the Community Nursing program can come to your home to assist.
To receive these services you need to be referred for an assessment from a health professional such as your GP, a hospital doctor or discharge planner, or VHC assessment agency.
If you are not eligible for veteran specific home support programs you may be able to get help through the Government funded Commonwealth Home Support Programme or Home Care Packages program.
Veterans have a ‘special needs’ status to support complex medical requirements that include the need for high levels of emotional and cultural support in old age, as a result of a veterans’ wartime experience.
The Government has introduced the Veterans’ Supplement, to improve access to residential aged care for veterans with mental health conditions.
Any veteran who lives in a Government funded residential aged care facility, and has a mental health condition/s accepted by the DVA is eligible to attract the Veterans’ Supplement.
This may include mental health conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, depression or substance misuse disorders.
The Veterans’ Supplement is paid directly to an aged care provider if you are eligible, and you or your authorised representative have provided consent to disclose your eligibility information to the provider. Payment is ongoing for the duration of the time you are in care. New consent will not be required if you change facilities.
For more information about veteran specific services call DVA on 13 32 54 or email DVAagedcare@DVA.gov.au.