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1.1.C.340 Continuous personal care (CP)


For the purposes of CP, for a child, the child must have a severe disability or severe medical condition that requires continuous personal care, because of their disability or medical condition.

Continuous personal care is defined as ongoing care required every day because of a child's disability, to maintain comfort, sustain life, or attend to a bodily function that the child cannot manage his or herself.

'Continuous' does not mean that the carer must spend every minute of the day providing personal care. However, the amount of time spent providing care because of the disability must be at least equivalent to a working day, every day. Care may be provided in long blocks, short regular intervals or a combination of periods.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.6.4 CP - qualification & payability

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