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  • Writer's pictureGaynor Lowndes

Supporting you to access Dementia and Cognition supplement

Let's shed some light on the Dementia and Cognition Supplement:

This supplement helps with the cost of caring for people with moderate to severe cognitive impairment from dementia or other conditions.

It can be accessed by Home Care Package Providers, who can use the supplement to enhance the home care services being delivered to an eligible care recipient.

The daily payment rate depends on the recipient’s Home Care Package level. 

A summary of daily payment rates can be found on the Australian Government Health website via the link below.

To be eligible for this supplement, care recipients must score 10 or higher on the Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales (PAS).  

These tests can be accessed through your GP. If you have an established relationship with a regular GP this can sometimes be the fastest way to be assessed. Why not ask them at your next appointment. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recipients, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse recipients, are assessed using a slightly different scale. Find more information here: Dementia and cognition supplement for home care | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Let’s break down the Dementia and Cognition Supplement

  • Designed to aid in caring for individuals with moderate to severe cognitive impairment (a diagnosis alone isn’t enough to qualify for this supplement)

  • Eligibility criteria include scoring 10 or higher on the Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales (PAS).

  • Available through Home Care Package Providers.

  • Daily payment rates vary based on the recipient's package level.

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse care recipients  must score 22 or lower on the Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) to be eligible for the supplement.

Who can do the assessments?

When assessing dementia and cognition supplement eligibility, the PAS and RUDAS assessments can be done by:

  • a registered nurse 

  • a clinical nurse consultant

  • a nurse practitioner

  • a clinical psychologist

  • a medical practitioner.

The KICA-Cog assessment can be done by:

  • a registered nurse

  • a clinical nurse consultant

  • a nurse practitioner

  • a medical practitioner

Don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance scheduling these assessments, either through us or your trusted local GP. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.

Further information and additional PDF’s on the eligibility tests and income assessment details head to:

*Bonus tip The My Aged Care fee estimator is very helpful tool when preparing to apply for the supplement:


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