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Daily accommodation payment (DAP)
This is a daily payment contributing to the cost of your accommodation and is paid periodically ie fortnightly or monthly. This is not a refundable payment. The DAP is calculated based on the refundable deposit multiplied by the maximum permissible interest rate and divided by 365 days. Also see RAD and Combined RAD/DAP
Daily fee
A daily charge, in addition to the accommodation payment, payable by all residents. It is a contribution toward daily living expenses such as meals, cleaning, laundry, assistance with daily living.
Day therapy centres
Offer a range of therapy services for older people living independently in the community or in aged care homes. Services may include physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy or podiatry.
Dementia supplement
Home Care Packages classified as being specifically for clients with dementia. Available over all 4 levels of Home Care Packages.
Dietitians & nutritionists
Specialists who assess an individual's needs for healthy eating and nutrition.
Diversional therapists
Individuals who provide alternative focus to residents, usually in a group setting, including theme days (eg celebration of Christmas), music hours, card games.
Diversional therapy program
These facilities provide and organise chosen leisure and recreational activities as a form of therapy, which are designed to support and enhance the life of the residents, maximising their independence.
Domestic assistance
Assistance with everyday household tasks such as dishwashing, house cleaning, clothes washing, shopping and paying bills.
Donor funded
Villages generally owned by not-for-profit organisations or church groups. These villages include an element of charitable subsidy and entry is generally restricted to the needy..
Double rooms
Form of aged care accommodation where a room is shared by two residents.
DPS
DPS Publishing is the registered name of the company producing the DPS Guide to Aged Care and Your Retirement Living printed publications, and Aged Care Guide and Talking Aged Care websites. Most commonly referred to as just DPS. Many years ago the company was named Davids Publishing Services. This was subsequently changed to the acronym DPS.

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