More supports available for veterans in residential aged care

From 1 October 2022, DVA expanded access to allied health care services and the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) to all eligible veterans, widows and widowers living in residential aged care facilities, regardless of the level of care they are receiving. Previously, only those DVA clients with low level care have been able to access DVA-funded allied health care services and aids and appliances.

These DVA clients will now have access to allied health and RAP services in their residential aged care home, so long as they don’t duplicate those the aged care facility is funded to provide.

This change has been made in line with the new funding model for residential aged care which came into place from 1 October 2022.

Services provided as part of residential aged care range from assistance with tasks of daily living and personal care, to complex nursing care. Residential aged care is administered by the Department of Health and Ageing and is for older people who can no longer live at home, or who no longer wish to live at home.

To find out more about residential aged care and to arrange a free assessment with an Aged Care Assessment Team, call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. For more information on the Rehabilitation Appliances Program, visit