The Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program provides qualifying Veterans the freedom to choose services, supports and goods to help them live safely in their home or in the community. The Veteran has the opportunity to hire providers to help with their daily care needs, such as bathing, dressing, homemaking and housekeeping services. Your providers may include your neighbors, church members and friends.
Benefits of VD-HCBS Program
The VD-HCBS Program empowers the Veteran by allowing them to self-direct using options such as making decisions based on what services, supports and goods that are needed, who will provide them and when will they provide it. The VA has pre-approved services, supports and goods that can be used for the participant’s care, health maintenance, or improves the participant’s ability to live independently.
The Freedom of Choice
The VD-HCBS Program gives a Veterans the ability to make purchases and receive services to help maintain their independence, thereby avoiding the need to go to a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Below is a list of services pre-approved by the VA that you might receive are:
Homemaking/Housekeeping: Help with cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, shopping and other household chores
Attendant Care Services: Assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming, bladder and bowel care)
Directly Hired Service/Other Purchases Services/Assistive Technology/Environmental Modification/Medical Supplies-Other Consumer Goods:
- Home repairs and maintenance, such as pest control, yard work and extensive cleaning
- Companion services
- Non-medical transportation
- Emergency alert response and maintenance
- Consumable medical supplies such as nutritional supplements.