Dementia and Veterans' Supplements

Supplements are available to provide additional financial assistance to Approved Providers in recognition of the additional costs associated with caring for people with dementia and other conditions.

These supplements are:

  • the Dementia and Cognition Supplement in Home Care Packages
  • the Veterans' Supplement in Home Care Packages
  • the Veterans' Supplement in Residential Care.

Recent Changes

The Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement in residential care has been ceased and will not be paid after 31 July 2014. No care recipient will become eligible for the supplement after 7 July 2014. This effectively means that no care recipient who enters residential care after 30 June 2014 will be eligible for the supplement because an assessment must be conducted more than 7 days after the care recipient entered care.

This change only applies to the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement which operates in residential care. The Dementia and Cognition Supplement which is payable to home care providers will continue to operate.

The Dementia and Veterans' Supplements Eligibility Guidelines

Approved Providers are encouraged to read the Eligibility Guidelines on these supplements, which describe the assessment criteria and application process in detail.

Assessment Tools

Veterans’ Supplements in Home Care Packages and Residential Aged Care.

Payment of these supplements is automatic if an eligible veteran or their nominated representative has consented to certain information being disclosed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to the Department of Human Services (DHS) and their Aged Care provider. There is no need for the Approved Provider to apply or undertake further assessment.

Finding a Factsheet

For more information, including contact details, please visit the DVA factsheet finder website, and search for the following factsheets

  • ID numbers #HSV 136 (Veterans Supplement Home Care) and
  • ID Number #HSV137 (Veterans supplement in residential care)

The Dementia and Cognition Supplement in Home Care Packages

The relevant assessment tools can be accessed at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres website.

More information about application of the KICA-COG can also be found on the Western Australia Centre for Health Ageing website.

Applying for the Supplements

Application forms for the Dementia and Cognition Supplement can be found on the Medicare website.

For information and queries about payments, providers can ring the Department of Human Services on 1800 195 206.

For more information

Approved Providers can call 1800 057 616

Or email the Department of Social Services.

Consumers, family members and carers can find more information about aged care please visit the My Aged Care Website or by ringing 1800 200 422.

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