The Veteran Directed Care program offers enrolled Veterans more choice, control, and flexibility over the services they receive. The Veteran Directed Care program includes participant-directed services as an alternative to the VA’s agency-based care options. Click here for more information on the Veteran Directed Care program.
More Choice, Control and Flexibility
To see if there is a Veteran Directed Care program in your area, contact your local VA Medical Center or click here for a list of active programs.
The VA Medical Center will determine a Veteran’s initial eligibility for the program. To be eligible for Veteran Directed Care, Veterans must:
- be enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration
- meet functional eligibility criteria as determined by the VA
- be able to direct their own services or appoint someone on their behalf to direct their own services
There are no age restrictions or service-connected requirements to qualify for Veteran Directed Care.
If the VA finds a Veteran eligible, a referral will be sent to a local Aging and Disability Network Agency who will provide case management services to the Veteran and the oversight of the fiscal intermediary.
The Veteran must be competent, willing, and able to supervise, hire/terminate, train, and monitor their attendants and the services provided. The Veteran must also act as an employer in general. If the Veteran is unable to do this because of a cognitive impairment, the Veteran may designate an authorized representative to act on their behalf. An individual who acts as an authorized representative may not be paid for performing worker services under this program.
If you live in the Denver metro area and want to enroll in the Veteran Directed Care program, talk to your VA primary care physician or contact the Denver VA Medical Center social work service at 303-399-8020 and press #2.
If you would like general information on the program and live in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Gilpin Counties:
Denver Regional Council of Governments
Area Agency on Aging
1001 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202