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Factsheet HSV107 - Rehabilitation Appliances Program

Purpose

This Factsheet provides information about the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) including who is eligible, what aids and appliances are available and how to access them.

What is RAP?

RAP helps eligible members of the veteran community to be independent and self-reliant in their own homes. Health care assessments and the provision of aids and appliances help to minimise the impact of disabilities, enhance quality of life and maximise independence. RAP provides equipment according to each persons assessed clinical need as part of the overall management of their health care.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you have an assessed clinical need for an aid or appliance and are a:

  • Gold Card holder
  • White Card holder (only for conditions accepted by DVA as related to service); or
  • Veteran from an allied country (only for conditions accepted by DVA as related to service).

How do I access RAP?

Your needs will be assessed by your doctor or a health professional, such as an occupational therapist. Their referral and prescription will be sent to an appropriate supplier or DVA to arrange issue of the item to you.

Can I receive aids and appliances if I live in a Residential Aged Care Facility?

You can be provided with RAP aids and appliances if you live in Australian Government funded aged care facilities, depending on the level of care you receive.

DVA can provide RAP aids and appliances that the Australian Government funded aged care facility is not legally required to supply if you are receiving a lower level of care.

DVA cannot supply RAP aids and appliances if you are receiving a greater level of care in an Australian Government funded aged care facility. The threshold for a person requiring a greater level of care within a residential aged care facility is as described in paragraph 7(6)(a) of the Quality of Care Principles 2014. This will generally be a person who is identified as having a high domain category in any one Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) domain or a medium domain category in at least two ACFI domains. 

Approved providers of Australian Government funded aged care services must provide care and services as specified under the Aged Care Act (1997) and Quality of Care Principles (2014). Schedule 1 of the Quality of Care Principles (2014) lists the care, services, aids and appliances that must be provided to all residents who need them.

RAP items can be taken with you if you move from a lower level of care to a greater level of care (as described in paragraph 7(6)(a) of the Quality of Care Principles 2014), with the approval of your aged care provider. DVA will still be responsible for the repair, maintenance and replacement of these items.

My Aged Care has been established by the Australian Government to help you navigate the aged care system. For more information, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care website at www.myagedcare.gov.au

What aids and appliances are available under RAP?

There is a wide range of aids and appliances offered on the RAP National Schedule of Equipment, which is available on the RAP Schedule and Guidelines page of the DVA website.

The following are only some examples of more than 260 items on the Schedule.

Home modifications and household adaptive appliances

DVA will pay for home modifications and household appliances if you have an assessed clinical need. By providing this service, we hope you can continue living in your own home with:

  • improved independence and safety
  • reduced need for a carer
  • lower likelihood of moving away from your family, friends and community; and
  • reduced risk of falls.

What else do I need to know about home modifications and household adaptive appliances?

  • Home modifications will only be provided for one residence.
  • You do not need to own your home, but the owner must confirm you have been, or will be, a long-term resident.
  • The owner must approve all modifications in writing and agree that DVA will not restore the property to its former state when the modifications are no longer required.
  • DVA will only pay for home modifications completed by licensed builders.
  • DVA will not pay for repairs or maintenance to your home.

Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP)

You can get CPAP equipment from DVA if you have obstructive sleep apnoea. A CPAP machine may help you breathe more easily during sleep. When the supplier receives the prescription from your doctor or health professional, they will:

  • contact you to arrange delivery of your CPAP equipment
  • fit you with a face mask
  • show you how to operate your equipment
  • give you instructions about the proper care and use of your equipment; and
  • provide you with their contact details.

Personal Response Systems (PRS)

PRS, also known as Emergency Alarm Systems (EAS) or Personal Emergency Alarm Systems (PEAS), enable you to seek assistance quickly in an emergency. Intercom systems, sound monitors and mobile and portable/cordless phones are not classed as PRS and are not paid for by DVA.

Provision of oxygen supplies

If you are assessed as needing oxygen by your specialist, they will arrange supply through one of DVA’s national contracted suppliers.

If you need portable cylinders and are already receiving oxygen at home through DVA, a request can be faxed directly to your supplier. The fax numbers are provided on form D0804 Application for Home Medical Oxygen Therapy and/or Respiratory Home Therapy Appliances.

If you are travelling, you need to:

  • contact your airline/s as they may have special requirements (if flying)
  • notify your supplier as soon as possible about your travel plans (give departure and arrival dates, destination address and contact details)
  • advise your supplier of how long you will need oxygen at your destination address; and
  • notify your supplier when the equipment is no longer needed and arrange its collection from the destination address.

If you are discharged from a public hospital and need oxygen, your doctor or specialist will contact the supplier and arrange your home oxygen service.

Frequently Asked Questions about RAP

Can I get my aid or appliance delivered?

Yes, aids and appliances will be delivered to your home and the freight charges will be covered by DVA.

What about repairs or replacement of my equipment?

Contact the supplier or DVA if your equipment needs to be replaced or repaired.

What if I no longer need my equipment?

If you do not need the equipment anymore, contact the supplier to arrange its collection.

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, e.g. retirement, 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 relating to complex or important matters.

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DVA General Enquiries

Metro Phone: 133 254 * 

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Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

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

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13 October 2016