Veterans Directed Care
      What Is Veteran Directed Care:

·         Pays for qualified veterans to receive services and support to help them maintain independence in their own homes.

·         This program is designed to provide support for the Veteran; not for the spouse, children, or pets.

·         If a self-directed program is not desired or appropriate, the VA offers home care through contracted Home Care Agencies in western Montana Counties. The VDC Team can assist with this process.

       Eligibility:

·         Eligibility is determined by the Geriatric Extended Care Assessment (GEC) which is administered by a nurse at the VA Clinic. Once eligible, participants are reassessed every six months to ensure they are receiving an appropriate amount of care related to their needs.

·         The GEC determines the amount of money available each month to pay for Personal Care Aide (PCA) hours   or other authorized services and supports.

·         Must have DD214 and affiliated with a VA Clinic.

      Features:

·         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 to save for an authorized purchase. There is a limit to the amount of money that can be held in the savings account ($100.00 less than the monthly budget). Any unused funds will be returned to the VA at the end of the six-month Authorization Period.

·         The Authorization Period is determined by the VA and it is generally six months in length.

·         Veterans may hire family members or friends to be the PCA(s). If that is not a preferred option, they may also advertise in the community.

·       All PCA(s) must complete the application process (which includes a background check and possibly reference checks) before they can begin work.

·         The Veteran becomes the Employer of Record and is responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, and signing timesheets for their PCA(s). Additionally, they may need to complete Workers Compensation or Unemployment forms on behalf of their PCA(s). Western MT Area VI Staff are available for support throughout these processes.

·         It may be determined that at Designated Representative (DR) is necessary to help direct care and services. The DR cannot become a paid caregiver but will be involved in the hiring and management of the PCA(s) as well as participating in budget decisions.

·         The Veteran (or DR) determines the hourly wage for their PCA(s). The wages for this program range from $12.00-$20.00 per hour.

 

Please note: If a self-directed program is not desired or appropriate, the VA offers home care through contracted Home Care Agencies in western Montana Counties. The VDC Team can assist with this process.

For further information contact:

Emilianne Lansdown – Montana Service Coordinator 406-883-7284 Ext. 217 or 800-266-4188

vdcemilianne@a6wm.onmicrosoft.com

Jodi Bezold – Idaho Service Coordinator 208-210-8273

vdcidaho1@a6wm.onmicrosoft.com

Christy Huling – Idaho Service Coordinator 208-610-8000

vdcidaho@aw6wm.onmicrosoft.com