The Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services program, sometimes referred to as “Cash and Counseling for Veterans” or as “Independence Plus”, is designed to allow veterans who are potential candidates for nursing home placement to receive a comparable level of care in their own homes. The program provides veterans with a budget and allows them to choose their own care providers in place of receiving care services from the VA health care system. In some cases, family members of the veteran can be paid for the care they provide.

The Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services program allows veterans to prioritize their own care needs, select their own care providers, and act as an employer instead of receiving nursing home care from the VA directly. This program started in 2009 and is being rolled out through local VA Medical Centers. Currently, this program is administered out of Bedford, MA.

More details to follow in next week’s blog…

– John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: ; or online at: