Veterans Community Living Program
A joint program, called the Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Service Program, has been launched by the Veteran’s Administration and the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. The program is available to help veterans of any age who are at risk of nursing home placement. This program helps provide home and community based support services that help older or disabled veterans remain living safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Light housekeeping, home-delivered meals, personal care (help with bathing, dressing, etc.), and personal emergency response systems are just some examples of services that may help an individual remain living in their own home.
Under this program, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B will provide qualifying veterans with a needs assessment and care planning assistance. Veterans can have their Area Agency on Aging 1-B care manager arrange for their care or they can utilitize an approach called self-determination that will help them direct and manage their own care. The self-determination approach allows veterans to be more in control of choices about their care and how they will receive it. They will receive a budget they can use to hire and manage their own care workers. Using this approach, veterans will be able to:
- Decide for themselves what services will best meet their needs
- Manage a flexible budget dedicated to these services
- Hire and supervise their own care workers (these can include family or friends)
This program is available to veterans who are currently receiving care through their Veteran’s Administration Health Center and meet eligibility requirements. For more information about this program, or to see if you qualify, check with the outpatient social worker at your VA Health Center.
John A. Dingel VA Medical Center Detroit
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System