Veterans' Home Care is a DVA program that helps Australia's veterans, war widows and widowers with low care needs to remain in their own homes for longer. The Veterans' Home Care program provides a range of home care services including domestic assistance, personal care, home and garden maintenance. Respite Care is designed to provide relief for a carer who has the responsibility for a person requiring ongoing care, attention and support. It is defined as an alternative form of care that enables carers to have a break. Respite care may be provided in home, in an Australian Government-funded aged care home or as emergency respite care in the home. Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) aims to restore or maintain an individual's independence and minimise the effect of disabilities. The provision of aids to daily living, surgical appliances and home modifications where clinically prescribed, can assist people to remain living within their own home. Home Front is a falls and accident prevention program. It provides eligible veterans and war widows/widowers with a free annual home assessment and financial assistance towards the cost of recommended aids and minor home modifications that will reduce the risk of falls and accidents in and around the home. Home Front also provides information about DVA and other community support programs and services that will assist veterans and war widows/widowers to remain living in their own homes. Day Clubs are endorsed by ex-service organisations and run by volunteers. Day Clubs usually meet weekly and typical activities offered include physical recreation, gentle exercise, mind stimulation games, leisure activities, arts and craft, information about local community issues and services, visits to places of interest and guest speakers addressing a range of topics including those relating to health. Please contact the DVA Day Club Adviser or Community Adviser in your state/territory for information on membership criteria. If you require carer support you may still attend a Day Club if you are accompanied by your carer.
Further information on the above programs can be found on the DVA website.
Should I see a Health Professional?
Carers are advised to work closely with health care professionals to ensure that their health and wellbeing needs are being met, as well as the needs of the person/s they care for.
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