HHS, VA Hope to Promote Independence

A program to help the elderly and disabled veterans remain independent longer will soon be available in 20 states. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced June 4 that they are collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to grant $10 million toward establishing and maintaining home and community-based, long-term-care support.

“Through this collaboration, many adults and veterans who would have previously been placed in nursing homes will be able to remain with their loved ones. This is another significant way America can recognize and care for the individuals who have cared for us,” Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, said.

The program will allow participants to direct their own care, including having control over the services they receive and the manner in which they’re provided. This includes the option of hiring neighbors, friends, and even family members to provide services.

The grant-based program will be coordinated by HHS’ network of aging and community based organizations and VA medical centers.


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