What is Veteran Directed Care (VDC)?
The VDC program helps Veterans with long-term care needs remain safely in their own homes and prolongs/prevents nursing home admission. It is designed to empower qualifying Veterans to hire, train, and supervise Personal Care Attendants. A Care Advisor will conduct an assessment to identify service needs and develop personal goals. Once assigned a budget, the Veteran and their Care Advisor will work within the approved budget to create a person-centered service plan.
VDC can provide the opportunity to direct your own care.
This program offers you the ability to choose the services you need and can help maximize your independence by providing help with home-based care and supplies that are not currently available through traditional VA benefits. Your Care Advisor will provide assistance with your care plan and the program’s fiscal agent will assist with payroll and tax compliance.
Veteran (or Representative) must:
• Accept the role of employer
• Recruit, interview and select staff. Personal Care Attendants (PCA) or Caregivers can be family, friends, or community members.
• Design your own service plan with your Care Advisor
• Designate duties for the PCA
• Provide training and supervision
• Manage your service plan within the approved budget including scheduling employees and managing timesheets.
Services are based on the Veteran’s assessed needs.
Activities of daily living examples:
• Bed Mobility
Instrumental activities of daily living examples:
• Preparing meals
• Light Housework
• Using a phone
• Medication reminders
• Managing finances
To learn more about the VDC program, contact BRIDGES at 845-624-1366 or fill out the form below.