Veterans Home Health Aide Services
Blue Water Homecare is honored to offer home care services to our dedicated United States veterans through the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care Program (HHA).
All of us at Blue Water express deep gratitude to our veterans for their loyal service to our country, and we are dedicated to providing them with the utmost respect and quality care that we extend to all of our clients and families.
What is the VA Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care Program?
As a veteran, you are eligible for a standard medical benefits package, of which long-term care services and in-home care are often included through the Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care Program.
The HHA program was created to help veterans age safely and independently in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. These home care services provided by the HHA are under the direction of registered nurses, trained homemakers, and experienced home health aides.
Benefits of the Program
- Specialized assistance with their personal care, companionship, and respite care for family caregivers
- The ability to operate in conjunction with other VA home and community-based services
- The potential to offset some of the financial strain of paying for home care
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What home care services does Blue Water offer through the HHA?
Blue Water’s home care experts provide assistance with many common activities of daily living (ADLs) for veterans as well as offering much-needed respite for their family members who serve as regular caregivers.
A sample of homecare services we can perform in order to allow veterans to function comfortably, and safely, in their own space include:
- Bathing and grooming
- Medication reminders
- Incontinence care
- Respite care for regular family caregivers
- Light exercise and movement
- Assistance with medical equipment and medical monitoring
Who is eligible for the HHA program?
In order to receive services from Blue Water Homecare through the HHA, a veteran must meet three separate criteria, outlined below.
- Ensure you are already enrolled for a VA standard medical benefits package. Qualified veterans include those who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who have never received a dishonorable discharge.
- Qualify for community care services. If the VA cannot adequately provide the care that a veteran needs, services offered outside the VA from approved community providers may be granted.
- Obtain a physician’s order for essential at-home care. A primary care physician (PCP) can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess health and veteran’s ability to complete ADLs and to what extent assistance is needed at home.
How do you receive home care services from the HHA?
The process for veterans to qualify for and receive a referral for HHA services depends on whether you are in the VA system or are receiving VA medical benefits already.
If the answer is YES:
- Veterans should contact their VA Primary Care Provider (PCP) and make an appointment for an evaluation.
- At this appointment, they should request HHA benefits.
- Their PCP will determine what benefits they qualify for and provide a referral.
If the answer is NO:
- Veterans would need to first complete a 10-10 EZ Form (paper or online) to enroll for the VA healthcare benefits. (*Please note that the online submission form is processed faster than the paper form which could take anywhere from four to six weeks.)
- Once approved, the VA will assign the veteran a PCP.
- They should then make an appointment to be evaluated by their designated PCP and request HHA benefits at that time.
- The PCP will determine what benefits are needed and provide a referral.
Once the referral is obtained, veterans should let their case manager know that they would like to work with Blue Water Homecare.
Additional Resources about the HHA Program
For questions about the HHA and eligibility requirements, please call 1-877-222-8387 or visit the following resources:
Veterans Home Health FAQ
How much do VA home health services cost?
For most eligible veterans, the VA covers all or nearly all of the costs of home health services. For the first 21 days of home health aide service, no copays are assessed. After that time, a small copay may be required, depending on a veteran’s eligibility and income status. Copays are never collected directly from the veteran. Instead, veterans can easily pay copays or request financial assistance through the VA office directly.
Who is eligible for VA home health care?
Veterans need to meet three main criteria in order to be eligible for home health care services. These are:
- Have an active enrollment status in a VA health care benefit package.
- Qualify for community services. A veteran may qualify for community health services when the VA is unable to meet his or her needs directly. The VA does not currently offer homemaker or home health aide services, so any veteran who requests these services automatically qualifies for community services.
- Have a doctor’s order for home health services. A veteran must meet clinical eligibility criteria to receive a doctor’s order for home health services.
What if I’ve been denied VA coverage in the past?
Even if you have applied for VA coverage in the past and have been denied, it is worth reapplying for coverage now to see if you could qualify. If your medical condition, financial situation or other important factors have changed since you last applied, there is a chance you could qualify for coverage now.
How do I find a VA home health program near me?
The process for working with a VA home health program starts with a PCP visit. If you are a veteran who already has a VA-assigned PCP, the first step is to schedule an appointment with him or her to receive a doctor’s order for home health care. Once approved for home health benefits, you can let your case manager know that you would like to work with Blue Water Homecare.
If you have questions about how to get started or are unsure if the VA home health program could be the right fit for you or your loved one, get in touch with us with any questions.
Will I choose the caregiver for myself or my loved one?
At Blue Water Homecare, we strive to ensure each caregiver is an excellent fit for each veteran. If there is a specific caregiver you would like to work with or have questions about how a caregiver will be chosen for you or your loved one, please feel free to contact us.
What’s the difference between a homemaker and home health aide?
A homemaker aide can assist a veteran with general daily tasks and activities, such as:
- Meal preparation
- Grocery shopping
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Light housekeeping and laundry
A home health aide, on the other hand, can assist with personal care needs such as:
- Using the toilet
- Getting dressed
- Assistance with medical equipment
- Assistance with at-home exercises