Community Nursing for Veterans
St Ives Home Care is proud to provide specialist in-home clinical nursing and personal care to eligible ex-service Australians as well as war widows and widowers through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) funded Community Nursing Program.
The DVA Community Nursing Program aims to support the particular clinical care needs of our veteran population. It offers a range of services to enhance the independence and health outcomes of veterans and their families so they can continue to enjoy living at home.
These services are all delivered by fully qualified St Ives Home Care registered nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing support staff.
Some of the services available under the DVA Community Nursing Program include:
- rehabilitation services
- medication management
- personal assistance such as help with personal hygiene, showering or dressing
- pain management
- management of chronic diseases
- acute/post-acute in-home clinical services after a hospital discharge e.g. wound care
- continence management
- palliative care
- case management and regular reviews
- help with accessing support for carers
- referrals to other services in your local community if appropriate, and
- referral to a variety of preferred providers for allied health services, equipment, and clinical supplies, assistive technology, tele-care, home maintenance, modifications and adaptations.
To be eligible for DVA-funded community nursing you will need to be living at home and hold a Gold DVA Health Card (or White DVA Health Card for specific conditions) issued by the Australian Defence Force.
You will also need a referral to access this program. You can obtain a referral to St Ives Home Care from your GP or Local Medical Officer (LMO), a treating doctor in a hospital or a hospital discharge planner, a nurse practitioner specialising in a community nursing field, or the Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Assessment Agency.
Other support programs
The DVA Community Nursing Program, if eligible, can be used in conjunction with other government subsidised care and support services. Please ask us about carer support and home care programs that may also be available to you and your family.
If you are unsure of whether you are eligible or have any questions about accessing the DVA Community Nursing Program, please contact your local St Ives Home Care team or request a callback to talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff about your options.