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Veterans Directed Care

Veteran Directed Care

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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.


Services are based on your assessed needs. Talk with your VA social worker to find out what specific help you may be able to receive as a part of this program. Examples of daily activities you may be able to receive help with include:

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.

The person centered counselor will help you as long as your choose to be enrolled in the VDC program with:

You may also call the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center at 352-264-7300, and select Option 3.

This self-assessment connects you to the TCARE (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral) Program. This is a one-on-one caregiver support program that may require you to engage with an assigned TCARE Coach. If you wish to participate in the program, continue to the self-assessment. Please be advised that a TCARE Coach may be in contact with you via phone or email.

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