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(Veterans Options for Independence, Choice & Empowerment)

VOICE is a Veterans Directed Care (VDC) program that enables eligible Veterans to choose and direct their own care, in their homes. VOICE supports Veterans to have greater access, choice and control over their long term care services.

Veterans are assessed by their VA provider to determine what their physical needs are and based on the assessment the Veteran is given a budget for services. The Veteran and family or representative are then responsible to decide how the budget will be used.

The VDC program has four primary purposes:

•  Veterans who need assistance and support in daily living to remain at home.

• Provide Veterans with the opportunity to direct his or her own care.

•  Improve quality of life by maximizing the Veteran’s physical, cognitive and psychological functioning.

•  Provide support and respite for the family and other primary caregivers.

Services through VOICE
Veterans receiving VDC can decide what mix of in-home support services will best meet their needs including:

• Personal care services using workers hired by the Veteran/Representative.

• Housing modifications, bathroom and other safety equipment.

• Light housework, meal preparation and other chores.

• Respite for family members.

Eligibility for VOICE

Veteran must be:

• Be enrolled in VA healthcare.

• Have a primary care provider authorized to provide VA healthcare.

• Meet the VA’s nursing facility level of care.

• Be interested and able to self-direct their own care.

Great example of VOICE program at work in this article:

Veteran Testimonial
on KMXT's Webpage

Help and Support

• A Staff Person from the ILC will work with the Veteran in identifying care needs and assist in developing a spending plan for needed services.

• A financial management service, ARIS Solutions will assist with payroll and other financial services for the Veteran.

• A representative (family or friend) can be appointed to assist with making decisions.

• Help is always available to assist Veterans and their families with the program.

ILC Contacts

Joyanna Geisler

Collin Attleson
Karla Evarts

Teryn Burnett

Alaska VA Long Term Care Program Contact

Nicki Addonisio
Long Term Care Social Worker

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