What support programs are available?
There are a number of support programs available through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).
See: Caring section of this website for detailed information.
The DVA programs include:
- assistance in the home and respite care, through the Veterans’ Home Care program
- carer newsletters
- carer support groups
- assistance with assessed clinical and/or personal care needs for eligible veterans or war widow(er)s, through the Community Nursing program
- education about caring for someone with dementia
- books, e.g. Living with Dementia: A guide for veterans and their families and Back to Basics: A Practical Guide to Back Care
- videos/DVDs, e.g. We Can Move On – Help and Support for Partners of Veterans (available from Carers Australia, freecall 1800 242 636)
- ex-service day clubs
- information and advocacy
Support programs available through DoHA include:
- Home and Community Care (HACC) – refer to the Age Page of your local White Pages telephone directory
- Carer Respite Centres – national freecall 1800 059 059
- Carer Resource Centres – national freecall 1800 242 636
- Commonwealth Carelink Centres – national freecall 1800 052 222
What payments may be available for carers?
The Centrelink website provides detailed information about these payments to carers.
Attendant allowance may be paid to an eligible veteran to assist with the cost of an attendant to help with such things as feeding, washing, dressing and other activities of daily living.
Attendant allowance is not payable if Centrelink is paying a Carer Payment in relation to the veteran.
However, if Centrelink is paying a Carer Allowance in relation to a veteran, that veteran may still qualify for the Attendant allowance.