I would like to ask if a person who is with DVA and was discharged from a hospital where he was approved for (number of days) convalesence care. Does he need to pay for the basic daily care fee of $49.42 or all costs are covered by DVA?
According to the Government DVA website: You are eligible to be assessed for respite care if: you have a Gold Card or White Card (entitled person)If you are assessed as needing Residential Respite Care, the Australian Government will allow 63 days of residential respite per financial year. Of these 63 days, DVA will pay the basic daily care fee for up to 28 days, depending if any In-Home Respite has been used. If you require more than 28 days and up to the maximum of 63 days, you will be required to pay the basic daily care fee. DVA will pay for up to 196 hours of In-Home Respite Care, or 28 days of Residential Respite Care or a combination of both in any one financial year. For calculation purposes, seven hours of In-Home Respite Care equals one day of Residential Respite Care. If you need more than this, you may be assessed by other government programs and will need to pay any associated costs. If you are an Australian former Prisoner of War (POW) or a Victoria Cross (VC) recipient and assessed as needing Residential Respite Care, DVA will pay the basic daily care fee for a maximum of 63 days, depending if any In-Home Respite has been used.