VETERAN DIRECTED CARE PROGRAM
HELPING VETERANS REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN THEIR HOMES
What is the VDC Program?
This program empowers qualifying Veterans to hire, employ and supervise Personal Care Attendants to help with daily needs. A Service Coordinator from Area VI Agency on Aging conducts an in home assessment to determine what services and goods will be needed. Together, we will review program guidelines to assist with the development of your self directed Service & Support Plan. VDC supports you as you hire employees, direct your care and manage a monthly budget to meet your personal goals.
Do I qualify for VDC?
The VA Medical Center determines the eligibility of the Veteran, completes an assessment to determine the budget amount and makes a referral to the Area VI Agency on Aging-ADRC Service Coordinator. Qualification is based on the Veteran’s level of need.
What services are available?
Assistance with personal care such as bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, and medication reminders
Assistance with household tasks, such as cleaning, laundry, shopping, running errands and meal preparation
Assistance with yard work and snow removal
Accompaniment to medical appointments
Assistance in obtaining medical equipment and supplies not covered by other payer sources
Service Coordination to: identify service needs, develop individualized Service & Support Plans, manage VDC budget and to assist in identifying community supports and resources
What is involved in setting up and managing a program of care through VDC?
The Veteran and/or their representative:
Accept the role of ‘employer’
Recruit, interview and select your staff. Personal care attendants (PCA) may be trusted family, friends, neighbors, members of your religious com-munity or others you recruit.
Design a PCA schedule with your staff within the limits of your spending budget
Designate the duties for the PCA (s) and provide training and supervision
Manage a personalized service budget, employee schedules and timesheets
Forms and Documentation