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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services program

Services & Goods: Aging Network Agencies offering VD-HCBS must provide or assist in arranging consumer/self directed services based upon the needs and preferences of the participating Veterans and/or their representatives. State and AAAs will provide the VD-HCBS program, which at a minimum will include the following services:

Veteran or representative-directed Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) -
some examples include, but are not limited to:

- Personal Care (e.g. physical or verbal assistance with eating, bathing, dressing,
grooming, transferring)

- Homemaker (e.g. cleaning, laundry, meal planning & preparation, shopping)

- Adult Day Care

- Assistive Technology (e.g. emergency response system, electronic pill minder)

- Home-Delivered Meals

- Caregiver Support (e.g. counseling, training)

- Respite Care

- Environmental Support (e.g. yard care, snow removal, extensive cleaning)

- Other goods and services needed to remain safely in the community (e.g. small
appliances, grab bars, ramp, lift chair, etc.)

- Assessments

- Options Counseling/Support Services including care management

- Financial Management Services

Referral Process:

The VAMC will identify Veterans who are eligible for the VD-HCBS
program and refer the Veterans to the State and Area Agency.

Veteran referrals that come through other avenues, such as an Aging and
Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or AAAs, must first be approved by the local VAMC.
Each participating Aging Network Agency and VA Medical Center will establish
protocols for determining eligibility in a streamlined and expedited manner. State and
Area Agencies can refuse to accept Veteran participants and their family caregivers
when it is anticipated that the services required would exceed the scope of the Agency’s ability to meet the Veteran’s needs.

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