Pennyrile Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Services
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have formed a partnership to develop Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VDHCBS) programs to enhance home-based supports for veterans. The VDHCBS program in our region is referred as the Pennyrile Veterans Directed Home & Community Based Services. This program offers eligible veterans a flexible budget to purchase services that help them to live independently at home in the community rather than in an institution. VA Medical Centers (VAMC) purchase and utilize the VDHCBS Program through a Provider Agreement between the VAMC and an Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (AAAIL) and in this case is Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living that offers the program. The VDHCBS program includes a functional assessment, home-based services, options counseling, support services, and financial management services. The VDHCBS program does not duplicate any services already provided by the VAMC.
To qualify for the Pennyrile VDHCBS Program, you must first be enrolled to receive primary care at Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems (VAMC) or the Marion, Illinois Medical Center (VAMC), meet the eligibility criteria for home and community-based services as determined by the VAMC, have the desire to self-direct their own services & supports, and be referred to Pennyrile AAAIL by the Marion VAMC or the Nashville, TN VAMC.
Potential Services (not limited to)
The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living (AAAIL) provides assistance for arranging for consumer self-directed services based upon the needs and preferences of the participating Veterans and/or their authorized representative. AAAIL provides or arranges (assist if requested by Veteran on specific tasks) for the following (but not limited to) VDHCBS program services:
- Assessment & Reassessment
- Options Counseling and Support Services including care management
- Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Some examples include, but are not limited to the following.
- Personal Care (e.g. physical or verbal assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring)
- Homemaker (e.g. cleaning, laundry, meal planning & preparation, shopping)
- Adult Day Care Assistive Technology (e.g. emergency response system, electronic pill minder)
- Caregiver Support (e.g. counseling, training)
- Respite Care
- Financial Management Services
- Environmental Support (e.g. yard care, snow removal, extensive cleaning)
- Other goods and services needed to remain safely in the community (e.g. small appliances, grab bars, ramp, lift chair, etc.)
Payton Kidd, Participant Directed Services Coordinator, at 270-886-9484 or by email at [email protected].