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)
Veterans Directed Care (VDC) Covered Service Area:
Montana covered area counties are Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Sanders including the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation.
North Idaho Counties are Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Nez Perce.
Washington Counties are Pend Oreille and limited services in Spokane.
Emilianne Lansdown, Office: 406-883-7284 or 406-872-2279 Cell: 406-471-7114
Email: Emiliannel@area6aging.org Serving Montana Counties
Christy Huling, Cell: 208-610-8000
Email: Christyh@area6aging.org Serving Idaho Counties, Western Lincoln County Montana and limited Washington Counties
Bill Steele, 208-916-6251
Email: Bills@area6aging.org Serving Idaho Counties and limited Washington Counties
Katrina Coffman, 208-255-8361
Email: Katrinac@area6aging.org Serving Idaho Counties and limited Washington Counties
Cherie Caldwell 208-819-2828
Email: Cheriec@area6aging.org Serving Idaho Counties and limited Washington Counties