Veteran Directed Care
Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) gives Veterans of all ages the opportunity to receive the Home and Community Services they need in a consumer-directed way.
Veteran-Directed Care is for Veterans who need assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) or instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., fixing meals); are isolated, or their caregiver is experiencing burden.
Veterans in this program are given a flexible budget for services that can be managed by the Veteran or the family caregiver. Veteran-Directed Care can be used to help Veterans continue to live at home or in their community.
VDC is part of the Veterans Health Administration Standard Medical Benefits Package. The program is available to Veterans who are in need of nursing home level of care, regardless of service connection or wartime era.
How Does It Work
Instead of receiving VHA funded Home makers/Home Health Aids and in-home Respite, Veterans and their caregivers have more access, choice and control over their home care services or long term care services. For example, Veterans can:
You don’t need to do this alone, a Person centered counselor will work with you. Through a partnership between the VHA and the local Area Agency on Aging, Elder Options, you will receive monthly support.
Each local Area Agency on Aging has a person-centered counselor who will come to your home as part of the enrollment process.