Christy Huling, Cell: 208-610-8000

Email: vdcidaho@a6wm.onmicrosoft.com

Jodi Bezold, Cell: 208-210-8273

Email: vdcidaho1@a6wm.onmicrosoft.com

IDAHO VDC – BOUCHURE ~ More Information and Forms >>

Covered Service Area: The North Idaho Counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Nez Perce. In Montana covered area counties are: Western Sanders (from Trout Creek west to Idaho – Trout Creek, Noxon, Heron), Western Lincoln ( Libby and Troy).

Hello from North Idaho!  Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging has two Idaho Team Member’s, Christy and Jodi.  They are Western Montana Area VI Service Coordinators with our Veteran Directed Care (VDC) Program.  Their Service Area covers the North Idaho Counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Nez Perce.  Western portion of Montana Sanders County and Lincoln County.  The North Idaho VDC Program service area covers just over 5.129 million acres in these six counties.  Idaho Veterans make up 7% (Latah County) to 14.8% (Boundary County) of these county populations in 2015 (https://www.livestories.com/statistics/idaho/veteran-demographics).

What is the VDC program?  The Veteran Directed Care Program pays for qualified Veterans to receive services and support to help them maintain independence in their own homes.  Eligibility is determined by the Geriatric Extended Care Assessment (GEC) which is administered by a nurse at the VA Medical Clinic.  The GEC determines the amount of money available each month to pay for Personal Care Aide (PCA) hours or other authorized services and supports.  A feature of the Veteran’s budget is a savings account where unused budget funds will be held. The Veteran may determine if he/she would like to designate a portion of their budget in order to save for an authorized purchase.   Any unused funds will be returned to the VA at the end of the 6 or 12 month Authorization Period.  Once eligible, Veteran is reassessed every 6 or 12 months to ensure they are receiving an appropriate amount of care related to their needs.  (https://www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/pages/Veteran-Directed_Care.asp)

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