184.108.40.206 Determining a respite care couple
A couple is considered to be a ‘respite care couple’ where one member of the couple is receiving approved respite care in a nursing home (1.1.N.140) or hostel (1.1.H.90) that receives a Commonwealth subsidy. Legislation administered by the Department of Health and Aged Care places a limit of 63 days respite care each financial year for a claimant/recipient in a particular facility.
Respite care couples will be assessed against the respite care rate (this is paid the same as the single rate) of payment applicable. However, the amount paid takes into account the combined income and assets of both members of a respite care couple.
A statement of admission from a nursing home or hostel can be accepted as verification of admission and the provision of approved respite care.
All nursing homes and hostels that receive a Commonwealth subsidy for the provision of respite care are required to issue each recipient/applicant with a statement on the day of admission setting out details of the anticipated length of admission.
If a recipient/applicant does NOT have a statement from a nursing home or hostel it is necessary to verify:
- the date of admission and discharge, AND
- that the nursing home or hostel is one that receives an Commonwealth subsidy.