VA Home and Community Based Services
The following VA services help chronically ill or disabled Veterans of any age remain in their homes:
Adult Day Health Care is a program Veterans can go to during the day for social activities, peer support, companionship, and recreation.
Home Based Primary Care is health care services provided to Veterans in their home. A VA physician supervises the health care team who provides the services.
The services of a Homemaker or Home Health Aide (Caregiver) can help Veterans remain living in their own home and can serve Veterans of any age. A Homemaker or Home Health Aide (Caregiver) can be used as a part of an alternative to nursing home care, and as a way to get Respite Care at home for Veterans and their family caregiver.
Hospice is a comfort based form of care for Veterans who have a terminal condition with 6 months or less to live. Palliative care is a form of treatment that emphasizes comfort care but does not require the Veteran have a terminal condition.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly is an optional benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. PACE focuses only on seniors, including Veterans, who are frail enough to meet their State’s standards for nursing home care.
Respite Care is a service that pays for a person to come to a Veteran’s home or for a Veteran to go to a program while their family caregiver takes a break. While a Veteran gets Respite Care, the family caregiver can run errands or go out of town for a few days without worrying about leaving the Veteran alone at home.
Skilled Home Health is short-term health care services that can be provided to Veterans if they are homebound or live far away from VA. The care is delivered by a community-based home health agency that has a contract with VA.
Home Telehealth, also known as Care Coordination/Home Telehealth, is a service that allows the Veteran’s physician or nurse to monitor the Veteran’s medical condition remotely using home monitoring equipment.
Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services gives Veterans of all ages the opportunity to receive the Home and Community Based Services they need in a consumer-directed way.