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Attendant Care

8.5.3 Transition plan for clients who have been receiving long term attendant care services from a partner, relative or friend

Any decisions on whether it is appropriate for clients to continue to receive attendant care services provided by a partner, relative or friend must be informed by evidence of the client's current needs and circumstances. It is important that where clients have been receiving attendant care services for a long period of time, particularly where that support is provided by family that decisions are not made to immediately cease or change services.

8.5.2 High or complex care needs clients

Clients with high or complex care needs will generally be receiving ongoing nursing care services through the Community Nursing Program, in addition to attendant care services. In this circumstance, even if exceptional circumstances are found to apply, a Rehabilitation Coordinator may only approve a limited range of simple attendant care services to be provided by the partner, relative or friend. This might include, assistance with feeding and/or drinking, setting up computers or other communication devices, or assisting with physiotherapy or speech pathology exercises.

8.6 Attendant Care Service Provider issues

It is important that attendant care service providers have appropriate and sufficient skills to enable them to provide high quality personal care, in line with best practice and industry standards. A care plan should be developed to direct the services to be provided to the client, and ensure that their needs are being effectively met. There are clearly defined roles and responsibilities that related to the provision of attendant care services. It is really important that these are communicated clearly to the client.

The DVA delegate is responsible for determining:

8.4.6 Any other relevant matter

What other matters may be relevant in considering a claim for attendant care services will be entirely dependent on the circumstances of a particular case.  The most obvious example of any other relevant matter is any report obtained from a Community Nursing assessor or an Occupational Therapist in relation to what attendant care services are reasonably required due to the nature of the accepted service injury or condition.

8.3 Investigating a claim for attendant care services

Making a claim for attendant care services

Claims for attendant care services must be investigated with reference to whether the services are reasonably required by the client and to ensure that the need for the services are due to the client’s service related injury or disease. Claims must be supported by documentary evidence from the client’s treating doctor, other suitably qualified medical or allied health professional or rehabilitation service provider.

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