What is VA Home Health Aide Care and How Do I Get It?

What even is Homemaker/HHA care? 

An HHA (Home Health Aide) is someone who comes into a Veteran’s home and helps them take care of themselves and their daily activities. HHAs include trained individuals with and without certifications (CNA or MA). This training is often provided by a registered nurse, who supervises them and assesses the veteran’s care needs. HHAs can aid a veteran in a variety of their daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They can also help prepare meals and perform minor house cleaning tasks. However there are some limitations on what HHAs can do for a veteran these include handling medication, anything involving cutting (hair or nails), and wound care. These tasks are often reserved for nurses only due to legal stipulations. These HHAs are provided to a veteran through a contracted organization (such as our own) and the VA either pay the company directly or in some cases will provide you reimbursement for services you paid for. The organization and the veteran or veteran's loved one will work together to set up a schedule for HHAs to come into the home, based on the allotted hours of care the VA has recommended. There are also instances where respite care will be provided as well. This type of care gives the veteran’s primary caregiver a break to do errands or other personal tasks. These hours are often over a yearly period and can be used at the veteran’s wish, as long as they do not exceed their allotted respite hours.

Ok if I get services, what services am I eligible for? 

HHA services often include helping a veteran with:

  • Bathing
  • Getting Dressed
  • Grooming
  • Meal Preparation
  • Feeding
  • Moving from place to place
  • Going to appointments
  • Using the bathroom

That’s interesting but how do I know if I am eligible for these services?

Home Health Aide services are part of a veterans VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package, therefore all that are enrolled are eligible if they meet the VA’s clinical need for the service. This is evaluated by a VA doctor who can prescribe HHA services. This often is often prescribed for veterans who are not able to take care of themselves anymore and need help doing the particular tasks mentioned above. A copay may be charged based on a veteran’s VA service-connected disability status. Service-connected disabilities are often the lead reason HHA services are prescribed but those with age-related debilities can also be eligible. So contact your veteran’s primary VA physician today.

 

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