Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services programs will pay for a very wide range of services and goods. Generally, any product or service that is required for the participant’s care, health maintenance, and/or improves the participant’s ability to live independently — will usually be covered by the program. For example, a partial list of products and services that are typically covered includes: adult day care, homemaker services, home safety services, shopping and errands, health counseling, and electronic emergency response systems.

There are no specific financial requirements to enable receipt of benefits. Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services does not have specific income and asset limits. However, participants must be enrolled in VA Health Care, and be assigned to a “priority group” within the VA health system. (Please note: some “priority group” benefits are impacted by the veteran’s income and assets declaration.)

For those of you who have read about the VA’s Aid and Attendance pension in this space, also please be informed: Aid and Attendance payments are not considered when determining the veteran’s care budget in the Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services.

– 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: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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