A variety of home care services are available, as outlined below. The major goal of these programs is to help frail Veterans to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible in their homes. Not all programs described below are currently available in all geographic areas. Because individual Veterans have very different needs and because availability of services may vary by area, we encourage to discuss your concerns about home care options with your primary care provider.
Home Based Primary Care: Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) serves home-bound Veterans who live within certain geographic regions where these programs are located. An interdisciplinary team of VA clinicians, usually including nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, among others, provides primary care to Veterans unable to make regular clinic visits. Currently, we have HBPC teams in the Palo Alto, San Jose, and Modesto areas.
Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program (H/HHA): Care through this program is provided by non-VA providers with whom we have special agreements. Veterans meeting certain eligibility criteria receive personal care and some assistance with household chores. Caregivers typically visit and work in the home two to three times per week. For eligible Veterans H/HHA is available in most communities served by VA Palo Alto HCS.
For more information regarding H/HHA through VAPAHCS, call (650) 493-5000, x6HOME, select option 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Respite Care: Home respite is similar to H/HHA, although the primary goal of this program is to give family caregivers a break from day-to-day caregiving.
For more information regarding Home Respite Care through VAPAHCS, read the FAQs, or call (650) 493-5000, x6HOME, select option 3.
Adult Day Health Care (ADHC): Adult Day Health Care programs provide care for eligible Veterans, who are healthy enough to travel to a supervised day care facility and who would benefit from social interaction in such a setting. VAPAHCS directly operates one such program at its San Jose Clinic site. We also have agreements with community agencies in many areas that can provide similar day programs.
For more information regarding ADHC through VAPAHCS, call (650) 493-5000, x6HOME, select option 3, or email email@example.com.
Home Hospice Care: For eligible Veterans hospice care at home is provided by community hospice agencies with which we work in partnership. Hospice care may be paid for by the VA or by others, commonly Medicare. Regardless, we strive to ensure a coordinated approach to care for Veterans with limited life expectancies in providing hospice care.
For more information regarding Home Hospice Care through VAPAHCS, read the FAQs, call (650) 493-5000, x6HOME, select option 4, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchased Home Health Care: Purchased home health care provides short-term skilled care in the home. Most commonly, such care is needed following an acute care hospitalization for things like intravenous antibiotics, dressing changes, or rehabilitative services.