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A Brief Overview Of The VA’s Homemaker & Home Health Aide Care Program

A Brief Overview of the VA’s Homemaker & Home Health Aide Care Program

For veterans who need some extra assistance doing daily activities at home, the Homemaker & Home Health Aide Care Program offered by the VA can make a huge difference in their quality of life. 

This program provides a trained individual to come to the homes of veterans and provide them with assistance. While the homemakers and home health aides are not nurses themselves, they are supervised by registered nurses who can help assess the needs of the veteran they’re working with. 

With these combined efforts, this program can allow veterans much more freedom and independence in their day-to-day lives.

All About Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care

The Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care program is designed to meet many different needs of veterans. This could include daily health and hygiene care, traveling to and from appointments, or even case management. 

As a whole, the program is meant to provide much-needed assistance to veterans in their daily lives in whatever way they need it. It can help veterans who feel isolated get connected with their community or even relieve caregiver burden if a veteran already receives care from someone else.

Veterans of all ages can access the services of Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care. With the help of these individuals, veterans are able to stay in their homes longer and maintain the way of life they’re accustomed to. This program can also be accessed in combination with other VA home and community services, depending on your location. 

What Is Included for Veterans?

What can veterans expect when they access the Homemaker & Home Health Aide Care program? Here are a few examples of the daily needs that this person could help to meet for vets in need:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Eating
  • Using the restroom
  • Traveling between rooms
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Shopping for groceries

A homemaker and home health aide can work alongside other caregivers to fill gaps in assistance and make it possible for vets to be cared for around the clock. This way, more veterans can live safely at home for much longer. 

Is Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care Right for Me?

Are you a veteran considering the Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care program or a caregiver researching it for a loved one? Before signing up for this service, it’s important to understand whether it’s the right choice for you and your needs. 

One of the most important considerations is cost. Some veterans can access this program free of charge under full coverage of the VA. Depending on your current disability status through VA, however, you may be responsible for a copay that will vary in amount based on coverage status.

If you currently have a part-time caregiver but are considering the Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care program, encourage them to take the VA Caregiver Self-Assessment. This will help your caregiver determine the level of support they can offer you and what needs this program could help to meet. 

In some cases, the support of the VA with this program could be the reason that a veteran is able to remain living at home. 

Consult a VA social worker if you’re still unsure about the program. They could point you toward other references for decision-making, such as the Veteran Decision Aid for Care at Home or in the Community. Additionally, if you determine that the program is right for you, a social worker can help you take the steps necessary to sign up. 

Get the Support You Need Today

The Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care program can be a life-changing help for veterans of all ages in need of at-home assistance. Thanks to the individuals providing care, many veterans are able to live comfortably and safely at home.

Through the VA Caregiver Support Program, Family Matters In-Home Care is proud to be a community provider in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ network. Learn more: Homemaker & Personal Care Services for Veterans

If you or your family member is considering in-home care as part of a plan to age in place, contact Family Matters In-Home Care today for a free consultation.  Our team is dedicated to supporting your family and helping older adults enjoy life in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.

Some of the services offered by Family Matter In-Home Care include: Alzheimer’s & Dementia CareBed & Wheelchair Transfer AssistanceCompanionshipHousekeeping & Meal PreparationPersonal CareRecovery Care, and Transportation.

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater San Diego, Family Matter In-Home Care has offices throughout California including: Campbell, CARoseville, CASan Marcos, CA, and San Mateo, CA.

Carol Pardue-Spears

Carol has worked in the healthcare field for more than forty years. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she worked for El Camino Hospital in the cardiac unit, Los Gatos Community Hospital, The Women’s Cancer Center in Los Gatos and several home health and hospice agencies. Carol founded Family Matters in 2002 to fill a deficit she witnessed in high-quality, in-home services and care.

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