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What is convalescent care
Short-term care which is medically necessary for recovery following a stay in hospital.Back to top
Who can receive it
We will cover the cost of convalescent care for any condition if you have a Veteran Gold Card.
If you have a Veteran White Card, we will cover the cost of convalescent care if we paid for the original hospital admission.Back to top
Where you can receive care
Care is available in a range of settings such as:
- public or private hospitals
- multi-purpose services
- Australian Government-funded aged care facilities
- supported residential services in Victoria
- other suitable institutions
Convalescent care cannot be provided in your home.
You do not need prior approval for care in a public or private hospital, or a multi-purpose service.
There is no limit on the number of days that you can access care in a public or private hospital.
You need prior approval from us for care in:
- an Australian Government funded aged care facility
- a supported residential service
- other institutions
We will pay for up to 21 days of care in a financial year in a non-hospital institution.Back to top
How you access
To access convalescent care, talk to:
- a hospital discharge planner
- your treating doctor
- a social worker; or
- a nurse
They will contact us if prior approval for the cost of care is required.Back to top
Things you should know
- Residential respite care is a different service to convalescent care.
- Commonwealth funding for residential respite care cannot be used to pay for convalescent care services.
- DVA will not approve your convalescent care in a residential aged care facility where long-term, serious non-compliance is present, or where serious risk to your health, safety and well-being has been identified. In this situation, Sanctions and/or a Notice to Agree are issued to the residential aged care facility. There are a number of restrictions that can be put in place under a Sanction and/or Notices to Agree, all of which are legislated in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Act 2018. Please refer to the Department of Health website for further information.
What to tell us
You should tell us if you:
- receive a bill for convalescent care; or
- take up more permanent care arrangements, such as residential aged care or palliative care