The Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Care program is a collaborative partnership between local Area Agency’s on Aging, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The program provides services to veterans to help them remain in their home or the home of a loved one, with the support of paid caregivers and purchased services such as chore services, respite care and personal care.
Working with a Veterans Health Administration social worker and a care consultant from the Area Agency on Aging, veterans develop a plan to meet their care needs. Examples of services that may be available include:
The program is self-directed, which allows the veteran to manage the care services with the help of a care consultant and financial management provider. It is built on the premise that the individual receiving care has the right and ability to assess and determine how and by whom they receive care.
There are a number of advantages to self direction. You can hire a family member or someone who lives nearby to provide your care. If you already have someone who helps with your care and whom you trust, you can employ that individual as your caregiver or continue to use the same agency. You can also determine what services you want from a broader list of services that are available.
If you choose to hire family or friends to provide your care, you are the employer. A fiscal management service company assists you with employment paperwork, interviewing and hiring workers, and managing your hired caregiver.
The veteran is responsible for using their budget wisely. A care consultant will assist them in developing a budget based on their individual needs and preferences. Participants can also choose to use a traditional home care agency to provide their services.
For more information about this program contact Region 3B Area Agency on Aging at 269-966-2450 or 800-626-6719. You can also contact the local Veterans Health Administration at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center at 269-966-5600 or 888-214-1247.