Overview of DVA home care services and benefits

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) offers an in-home nursing program called the Community Nursing Program. If you’re a retired veteran or a war widow, you should be aware of what services and assistance are available through the program.

This article will be taking a deeper look at DVA home care services for those individuals who are entitled to the program and gain access to quality health care and assistance.

What Is the DVA Community Nursing Program?

The program is available to veterans and war widows, also referred to as ‘entitled persons’. It’s aimed to provide access to a range of quality healthcare and nursing services, along with other services related to veterans’ affairs. This also includes veterans’ home care and community nursing assistance.

What Designates An Entitled Person Exactly?

As previously mentioned, the program is open to war widows and veterans who hold a Gold Card with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Gold Card is a card that entitles the bearer to treatment under the program for all medical conditions. If you are the holder of a DVA White Card, you may also be eligible for assistance and treatment under the scheme, provided the condition is deemed to be war-related. This is ultimately determined by the DVA.

What Are the Goals and Objectives of the DVA Community Nursing Program?

Improved quality of life and independence are the main end goals associated with the program. Having assistance and healthcare for veterans and widows is often essential to achieving these objectives. The program is also designed to help prevent early admission to residential care or a hospital environment by providing in-home services through the Community Nursing initiative.

DVA Community Nursing Assessment

The first step for war veterans and widows to avail of this service is to receive a referral from a GP or, alternatively, the Hospital Discharge Planner. The client will then liaise with an accredited home care nursing service where an assessment of the individual will be made. This is performed by a very experienced Registered Nurse. What services the client receives will be determined based on that assessment.

What Services Are Available Under the Scheme?

A rather broad range of services is available to war widows and veterans who are received into the healthcare and nursing program. The services you receive will largely depend on the condition you are living with or being treated for. The assistance you receive will be personalised and tailored to your specific circumstances. Whatever you are entitled to, you can be sure the assistance and nursing will help to improve your quality of life and give you more independence.

In-home nursing and healthcare services allow the individual to remain in familiar surroundings, rather than being moved to a hospital or nursing home. It also allows the client to remain close with loved ones, friends, as well as the client’s pets. This familiarity also goes a long way toward an individual’s recovery and a happier lifestyle. Your preferences and personal surroundings will always be taken into consideration.

Common In-Home Services Available Through the DVA Community Nursing Program

For easy reference, let’s look at some of the important services that veterans and war widows may receive under the assistance scheme:

  • Management for chronic disease
  • Skincare management services
  • Assistance with personal hygiene
  • Incontinence management
  • Administration of medication
  • Symptoms management
  • The care and management of diabetes
  • Wound care
  • The arranging of carer support services
  • Pain management
  • Falls prevention
  • Palliative care
  • Assistance with feeding
  • Pressure area care
  • Assistance with referrals to healthcare professionals
  • And many more services…

The above list contains just some of the services you may receive under the program. The best way to understand what’s required and what services will be available to you is to receive a referral to an in-home nursing service and then discuss your situation and condition with them. They will then perform the assessment and tailor an assistance and treatment plan that targets your individual needs, as well as your personal preferences.

In Conclusion

If you are a war veteran or a war widow and are the holder of a Gold Card or a White Card, look into the assistance you are entitled to when it comes to healthcare and personal assistance. It will give you the independence and help you need.