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Veterans

If you're a senior veteran or a war widow/widower, you may be able to get aged care services from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and My Aged Care at the same time, as long as you don't get the same service from both.

For example, you could access low-level domestic assistance and personal care through the Veterans' Home Care Program, and receive social assistance and delivered meals through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

Department of Veterans' Affairs services

DVA's aged and community care services are available to eligible DVA clients and are usually 'entry level' services for lower care needs. They are generally not suitable for more complex care needs and include:

  • Veterans' Home Care Program
  • Community Nursing Program
  • other services for the veteran community.

To access Veterans' Home Care (VHC) services you must be assessed. The assessor will ask you questions to help work out your needs and what services you may need. To arrange an assessment call a VHC Assessment Agency on 1300 550 450.

Other DVA services are usually accessed through a referral from a health professional such as your GP or treating doctor in hospital.

Read more about these services and how to access them.

My Aged Care services for the senior veteran community

My Aged Care services available to all eligible Australians, including veterans and war widows/widowers, are:

  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme
  • Home Care Packages
  • Short-term Restorative Care
  • Aged care homes for residential respite and permanent residential care

Read more about how these services work for the senior veteran community.

Resources

Download or print the Aged care services for the senior veteran community information sheet.

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Last reviewed: 20 August, 2018.