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1.1.C.15 Care definitions

Usage

These definitions apply to all payments subject to assets testing provisions.

Definition: caree

A caree is a person receiving a substantial level of care.

Note: This term is used when referring to care situations (1.1.C.25) rather than CP.

Definition: carer

A carer (care provider) is a person who is providing a substantial level of care to a caree.

Note: This term is used when referring to care situations rather than CP.

Definition: substantial level of care

Substantial level of care is a criterion for determining whether a person is:

  • receiving care in a care situation, OR
  • providing community-based care, for a person in a care situation.

A substantial level of care is accepted if ONE OR MORE of the following is true:

  • the carer is paid CA (1.1.C.88, 1.1.C.90) or CP or DVA Carer Service Pension in respect of the caree, OR
  • the caree is paid DSP and because of their medical condition (1.1.M.90) they require assistance, OR
  • the caree is over age pension age and regarded as frail, OR
  • the caree can provide medical evidence (1.1.M.100) that they left their home because of illness, OR
  • the caree can provide medical evidence that they required assistance after being discharged from hospital, OR
  • the caree has been assessed by an ACAT and is waiting to be admitted to residential care or has been accepted for approved respite care.

Act reference: SSAct section 4(9) For the purpose of this Act, a person is in approved respite careā€¦, section 23(5A) to (5D) Pension age

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