The Veteran’s Directed Home and Community Based Care program is a collaborative between the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. and the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. The program helps veterans age well by remaining in their homes or the homes of loved ones. They can do so with the support of paid caregivers and purchased services such as chore services, respite care and personal care.
Working with the VA system’s Community Health Nurse and a case manager with the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, the veteran develops a plan to meet his or her care needs. The veteran identifies the goods and services needed to live independently. The program is self-directed, allowing the veteran to manage care services with the help of a care consultant and financial management provider. The program is built on the premise that the individual receiving care has the right and ability to assess and determine how and by whom they receive care.