If you have incontinence, the good news is you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Australian Government’s Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS). CAPS can help to ease the monetary pressure of buying incontinence products.
What is CAPS?
Managing incontinence, especially when relying on incontinence products, can become a monetary burden on sufferers. The Australian Government is providing financial assistance for eligible people suffering from incontinence. Replacing the Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS), the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government program, which provides payments to help consumers meet some of the costs of their continence products. Payments are made up to $609.70 per financial year.
Who is eligible for CAPS?
To qualify for CAPS, the person must:
Be five years of age or older and have permanent and severe incontinence due to an eligible neurological condition. Or have permanent and severe incontinence caused by another eligible condition given they have a valid Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or a valid Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Pensioner Concession Card or entitlement, either as a primary card holder or a dependent of a cardholder. For a list of eligible conditions, visit www.bladderbowel.gov.au. If you are an existing CAAS client, you will automatically qualify for CAPS.
For more information about eligibility for CAPS please visit the Services Australia website.
How to receive a CAPS payment?
From 1 July 2010, applicants can fill out a CAPS application form. A health professional is required to complete the health report component and all documents must be returned to Medicare. Medicare will assess the application and make the payment into the nominated bank account within two weeks of processing.
If the application is incomplete or includes invalid information, Medicare will contact the client in order to finalise the application.
What products can be purchased under CAPS?
Depend and Poise products can be purchased under CAPS. Incontinence products from Depend ensure protection, while providing comfort and looking like real underwear. The cotton-like material used for our Real Fit is designed to breathe so your skin remains comfortable but still prevents leakage.
Depend incontinence products are sold at a wide range of retailers including Coles and Woolworths as well as pharmacies.
More Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) information
For more information regarding how to apply for CAPS, visit the Services Australia website
CAPS is not available in New Zealand. Please visit your GP for further information or for help and assistance with your condition. Alternatively you can call the Continence NZ Helpline 0800 650 659.