July’s topic is:
Home and Community Based Services
There are many Home and Community Based Services and resources to help Veterans remain independent and live safely at home, such as A Guide for Families: Keeping the Person with Memory Loss Safer at Home.
For example, one service offered by Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). This health care service is provided to Veterans in their home. The program is for Veterans who need team based in-home support for ongoing diseases and illnesses that affect their health and daily activities.
Most times, Veterans have difficulty making and keeping clinic visits because of the severity of their illness and are often homebound, but that is not required. Watch this video to hear what HBPC providers, the Veterans they care for, and their families have to say about this program.
Other Home and Community Based Services include:
Many Veterans receive more than one Home and Community Based Service at the same time. And VA also provides support for family caregivers. Your VA physician or social worker can tell you if a Home Based Primary Care program is available in your area.
Need more help or information? Find a VA social worker in your area or visit www.va.gov/Geriatrics.