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Aged Care Glossary

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Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. The condition is not a single disease but a group of syndromes relating to problems with the flow of blood to the brain

Veterans Affairs Network

The Veterans' Affairs Network (VAN) was introduced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to promote independence and quality of life to the veteran community in their local environment and to facilitate access to DVA programmes and services. VAN assists veterans and their families to obtain information about DVA benefits and to locate and use financial, health and community services in their area. VAN has a role in assisting with the implementation of DVA policies. This may range from information provision, to hands on assistance with implementation and to reporting back the overall effectiveness of the policy and any related issues.

Veterans Home Care

Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) program that helps Australia’s veterans, war widows and widowers with low care needs to remain in their own homes for longer. VHC is not an entitlement-based program like most other veterans’ programs but a fixed budget program. VHC provides services including domestic assistance, personal care as well as gardening and home maintenance.

Volunteer community visitor

A Community Visitor is a volunteer recruited through an approved Community Visitor Scheme auspice who, under the Community Visitor Scheme, visits a resident in an aged care home who may be lonely or socially isolated. Community Visitors visit regularly (at least once a fortnight) and provide companionship and friendship for residents.