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Home Care for Veterans: Discover Benefits and How to Apply

By Thomas H.

Home care can be a solution for Veterans who need additional support to live independently at home. For many veterans, home care is available free of charge. Veterans can apply to receive home care benefits through the Veterans Administration’s Homemaker and Home Health Aide program.

What is Home Care?

Home care refers to non-medical help with personal care and everyday tasks, also known as “activities of daily living” or ADLs. ADLs include dressing, grooming, food preparation and cooking, and light housekeeping.

Home care is provided in the home by Home Health Aides or Caregivers. It plays a vital role for many people who are aging, ill, or disabled. Home care enables them to keep living at home rather than moving to a nursing or assisted living facility.

What are Home Health Aides?

Home Health Aides are trained professionals who assist with personal care and daily activities. While they’re not nurses and don’t provide medication or therapy, they support clients in living independently. At JEVS Care at Home, all caregivers complete a rigorous training program conducted by our in-house nursing team. Caregivers must pass a skills assessment test to demonstrate that they are ready to work with clients. All JCAH caregivers also pass a thorough background check.

What is the Homemaker and Home Health Aide program?

The VA’s Homemaker and Home Health Aide program is for Veterans of any age who need personal care services, including home care. The program is also for Veterans who are isolated, or whose caregivers need a break or “respite” from providing care. According to the VA website, services are available to Veteran’s who are already enrolled in the VA’s Healthcare Benefits Program. Home care and other services are provided based on a needs assessment. The VA encourages Veterans to speak with a VA social worker to explore services they may be able to receive

How do I apply for Home Care Services?

For information about applying for home care services under the VA Homemaker and Home Health Aide program, contact the VA at 800-698-2411. To learn how to enroll in VA health care benefits, click here to learn how to apply

JEVS Care at Home has a long history of assisting Veterans, with highly experienced staff dedicated to guiding them through home care options and available benefits. If you are a veteran residing in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Gettysburg, or Pittsburgh, contact us today to explore available services!


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