Purpose

This Factsheet is about the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care, including information on who is eligible, payment of the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care, disclosure of eligibility to facilitate payment and where to find more information.

What is the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care?

The Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care is a new supplement available to residential aged care providers who provide care to veterans with service related mental health conditions. The Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care has been introduced to ensure that a veteran’s mental health condition does not act as a barrier to accessing appropriate care. The Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care is paid directly to a residential aged care facility, on behalf of an eligible veteran.

Who is eligible?

Any veteran in a Commonwealth-subsidised residential aged care facility who has a mental health condition accepted by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as related to their service may have the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care paid on their behalf. Payment may only occur if a veteran or their nominated representatives have consented to certain information being disclosed to the Department of Human Services (DHS) and their residential aged care provider.

As eligibility is based on a condition that has previously been accepted by DVA as related to service, there is no need to apply or undergo any further assessment to establish eligibility for the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care. War widow/ers and dependants are not eligible to receive this supplement.

Am I obligated to provide my consent?

No. The Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care will only be paid to your provider if you consent to the release of certain information to DHS that allows them to pay your residential aged care provider. The information confirms that your DVA status meets the requirements for the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care payment and also includes your name and file number.

No details of your accepted mental health condition or any further information is shared with DHS or your residential aged care provider.

How much is the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care?

In 2015-16, the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care is payable at a rate of $6.88 per day to the residential care facility, per eligible veteran. The payment is made directly to a veteran’s residential aged care provider by DHS and will be ongoing for the duration the eligible veteran is in receipt of care. The total payment of this supplement is made by the Commonwealth.

Where do I obtain additional information on the Veterans’ Supplement in Residential Care?

For further information on the Veterans’ Supplement in Home Care, please visit the My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au or email the DVA Aged Care Mailbox at DVAagedcare@dva.gov.au

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Phone: 1800 555 254 *

Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheet Website: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet. Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined. You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.