Topic for July
The VA May Be Able to Provide
Health Care in Your Home
Veterans, their families and caregivers often ask: What health care options are available for Veterans in their homes?
Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care may be able to receive these Home and Community Based Services depending on their service-connected status, clinical need for the service and service availability in their area:
- Home Based Primary Care is a health care service provided to Veterans in their home. A VA physician supervises the health care team who provides the services. It is for Veterans who have complex health care needs for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective.
- A Homemaker or Home Health Aide is a trained person who can come to a Veteran’s home and help the Veteran take care of themselves and their daily activities. Homemakers and Home Health Aides are not nurses, but they are supervised by a registered nurse who will help assess the Veteran’s daily living needs.
- Respite Careis a program that pays for care, for a short time, when family caregivers need a break, need to run errands, or need to go out of town for a few days. Respite Care can be helpful to Veterans of all ages, and their caregiver.
- Skilled Home Health Care is for Veterans needing short-term care as they are moving from a hospital or nursing home back to their home. It can also be used to provide continuing care to people with ongoing needs. It includes services such as: skilled nursing, case management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, or IV antibiotics.
- Remote Monitoring is a service that allows the Veteran’s physician or nurse to monitor the Veteran’s medical condition remotely using home monitoring equipment. Veterans can be referred to a care coordinator for enrollment by any member of their care team.
To learn more talk with a VA social worker or visit www.va.gov/Geriatrics.