HHS Helps Older Americans, Veterans Remain Independent

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced $36 million in new grant programs to 28 states to help older Americans and veterans remain independent and to support people with Alzheimer's disease to remain in their homes and communities. Just over $19 million of this funding involves a new collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and VA Secretary James Peake, M.D., announced the joint effort to provide essential consumer-directed home and community-based services to older Americans and veterans of all ages, as part of a Nursing Home Diversion (NHD) grants program. The new initiative builds on the similar missions of HHS and the VA with regard to caring for the populations they serve. In addition, Secretary Leavitt announced a $17 million investment to improve the delivery of home and community-based services to people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers.

In announcing the collaboration, Secretary Leavitt said, "This historic HHS-VA initiative combines the expertise of the HHS' national network of aging services providers with the resources of the Veterans Health Administration to provide more people, including our nation's veterans, with improved long-term care options. This unique effort supports the President's New Freedom Initiative which calls upon all federal agencies to help people who need long-term care and prefer to live in their own homes and communities to do so. Through this joint program, many people who would have previously been placed in nursing homes will be able to remain at home."

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"Our mission is to honor and support America's veterans, and this collaboration provides an additional opportunity to do that by offering more services, choices and control over decisions to veterans in the least restrictive environment consistent with their needs and preferences," Secretary Peake said.

The new program will be administered by HHS' Administration on Aging (AoA) in collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration. Under the program, $10.5 million is being provided by HHS through AoA, and $5.7 million by the states. VA estimates purchasing at least $3 million in veteran-directed home and community-based services for older veterans and for recently returned veterans with long-term care needs. The number of veterans over age 85 has tripled during the past decade, creating a significant expansion in the need for long term care.

"The HHS funding is specifically designed to reach people who are not eligible for Medicaid, but who are at high risk of nursing home placement and spend-down to Medicaid -which often occurs when private pay individuals enter a nursing home," said Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell. "The program will also offer consumers more control over their long-term care, including the ability to determine the types of services they receive and the manner in which they receive them, including the option of hiring their own care workers."

The $17 million for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers involves grants to 22 states under AoA's Alzheimer's disease demonstration programs. States were able to apply for two types of grants: Innovation Grants and Evidence-Based Program Grants. Innovation Grants will demonstrate new approaches to delivering services and supports, and the Evidence-Based Grants will support the replication of science-based interventions that have already proven to be effective at helping people with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders to continue to live in the community.

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So howcum I can buy maintenance medications cheaper (much) at Walmart, FoodTown and Costco than from the VA? [email protected]
What I really need as a disabled vet (40%) is a new roof.My roof has been leaking for years now and it has gotten really bad.Is there any help out there for me?I have a part time job,but the money is only minimum wage. Thanks Ed Pleskovitch
I am earning S/S just above the allowed liimit because my Medicare Payment is included in my total income..I am 86 years old and reside alone..My S/S pays for my Home ins. and my car insurance..I do not have any life insurance, or supplemental Health Insurance. I cannot afford it..I have taken steps to declare myself Bankrupt but can not pay my lawyer fo file the final steps for bankruptcy...Total cost is 1200 dollars..I pay all my utilities out of my S/S.. I had three city water leaks on my property within the last three months or so and am now paying my water bill with an increase t pay for the water that has already leaked..I would like a rep. to visit me.. I need help..I am a Vet of WWII. Received the Bronze Star for Heroism in cmbat durin g the Battle of the bulge..Today, Veterans Day is my 63 Anmniversary of my d8ischarge from service.. I lost my wife over three years ago after a marriage of 64 years. I am prepared to return my Bronze Star..I do not need to suffer penniless at this stage of my life..I have no pensions, no life or burial insurance, nothing but my S/S amy medicare.. Please reply..I do not go to the VA Clinic because I get all m y drugs free of charge from fizer thru the Patient assistance Program.. I am a published author but have no will to write..I am not earning any royalties..
This has to be a joke, that's only about $1,290,000 per state. Administrative costs will eat that up in less than a month. Jim MacDonald Maumelle, ARKANSAS USN 1954-1964
Are there any programs listed for the long term care of military widows? Also, are there any retirement complexes for seniors 65 and older? I would appreciate some help in this matter. Thank you, P.G. Tinsley.
My father is a WWII Veteran and has been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. He is 88 years old and lives in Virginia with his 84 Year old girlfriend. They have been together for over 10 years but his health has been declining over the past couple of years. This puts a strain on her. Is there any assistance that they might be entitled to? Daniel T. Gilmartin Past State Commander Disabled American Veterans Department of California
Older vets need assistance with hearing aids. The amount available now are too little.
It would be helpful to know the names of the 28 states eligible for these grants.
There are a lot of words in this article, but what is being said? Which states of the 27 mentioned are included? What if you don't live in one of the states? How do you qualify for this help when it is needed?
It would be nice if a veteran could live in a VA Home and have his devoted pet with him. I am very lonely and I cannot part with my small dog, a King Charles Cavalier. I live in California but would prefer to go to a home in Arizona. I was widowed last year.
I live in Burbank CA and the rents here are very high. I live on a set income of $1300.00 per month and my rent is $900.00 per month. Utilities are over $100.00 and I pay about $200.00 on prescription drugs. I'm running out of my savings and need help badly. I don't want to end up on the street or in a cheap hotel in a dangerous neighborhood. Can you help? Charles Ostergrant 621 E San Jose Ave - #B Burbank CA 91501 Tel: 818 557 0529 e-mail: [email protected]
I looked, but can't find this information anywhere on their site- http://www.hhs.gov/
I am a Viet Nam Vet and have sold Real Estate for over 25 yrs. full time. I was a secondary school teacher and counselor for 10 yrs. . I chose to do what I loved and got behind on payments and now no one will hire me because of my age. I am in good health except for a bad back which was caused by an auto accident , but I can get by. I am not looking for a hand out , I need a decent job. I have a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachlor's degree in Agriculture. I am about to lose my home because the Real Estate Industry has slumped. I feel like I am a man without a country. Please advise. Sincerely, Robert Manley 10704 Red Cedar Dr. Frisco, Tx.75035 972-768-3702
I am interested in ELDER CARE
Do you have any idea how a veteran will go about appling for a grant??
What states are included in this plan?
which 28 states are receiving this va grant money?
i have a home that is sinking and will cost 10,000 to fix,i am a widow of vet. and have health problems but want to stay independent. i do not have enough income to fix house. is there anywhere i can go for help?
What can be done for veterans 62 years of age and older? who cannot afford to live in the cities of their birth any longer? Do to rising cost of rents? I am from New York City and would like to return to New York, but cannot. I live on fixed income, and cannot afford the high prices of rent. I live in texas at this time and miss my home,children and my friends.
Very nice article, but HOW DO YOU APPLY? This "article" reads like a press release, to promote some department, but no link or information as to how to apply for a grant.
WHAT SHOULD OLD AMERICAN VETERANS ( U.S.A. CITIZENS) RESIDING IN THE COLONY OF PUERTO RICO EXPECT FROM THIS HSS HELP? WE ALL WERE ALSO AVAILABLE TO OFFER OUR LIVES IN THE NAME OF OUR USA COUNTRY AT WAR TIMES. DON'T WE HAVE THE RIGHTS TO RECEIVE THESE HELPS ALSO? ALL THIS GOOD NEWS SHOULD BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY TO EACH INDIVIDUAL VETERAN LIVING IN THE ISLAND. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPRESSIG MY COMMENTS.PEDRO BATISTA [email protected]
Is Mississippi one of the 22 states mentioned in the article?
Where did this information come from? It appears there is no such offer.
MY HUSBAND IS A VFW KOREAN WAR VETERAN, WITH ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, LEWY BODY SYNDROME,AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE. HE HAS HAD THIS FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS. WE HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE VA, AND THEY HAVE GOTTEN HIM 60% DISABILITY. WE HAVE APPLIED FOR MORE, SO HE CAN GO TO THE VA NURSING HOME, AND HAVE OTHER BENEFITS. I WORK FULL TIME, AND ALSO TAKE CARE OF MY HUSBAND. IT IS BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT DAY BY DAY, BUT HE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT I CAN TO HELP HIM. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR US. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME GUIDANCE. i WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE, EVEN JUST AN EMAIL. GOD BLESS YOU, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. SINCERELY, MARIE L. HARBERS 314-882-2083 [email protected]
I need a gran or small loan to fix my house in Cheraw, South Carolina. I am disable living with friends and family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I was receiving $98. 00 VA. Com, then $108.00 now I receive $398.00 VA. comp and $275.00 SSI. I am unemployed but looking for a job so I can fix my house and move back into it. My mother gave this house to me, now she is desceased. Please send info on how I can a grant or a small loan of about $3 or $4,000. It can be taken out of my check a little at a time. I now owe $300.00 in back property taxes. Thank you in advance. C3 30-322-017 SS# 4156 Temporary Addresses James Madison Malloy 940 Manly St. Apt # 54 Winston-Salem, Nc. 27105 336-727-2711 [email protected]
Is there a specific form to apply for assistance for independent living. assistance What is it.? Who is it sent to? I am 84 going on 85 age, my wife is 83 and tryig to help remain here, carrying most of the load. but weakening. I am WW11 Noremany/Bulge vet with 100% Pemanent Disability. Trying to remain in own home and Rudolph Traupman EMail RTNormandy [email protected]
Are there moneys available, such as grants and or low interest loans, for the purchase of housing where vets could live and share companionship. I am a retired military vet and have a farm in northeast Georgia and am looking ways and means to bring vets together for living and wellbeing for myself as well as others. Would much appreciate advice/help in accomplishing this project. Thank you. Walter W. Brown.
How do we apply, directly thru our local VA facility?
My father-in -law is suffering from some form of dementia (alzheimers). Home care is out of the question because he often becomes irrational and even mildly violent and his wife is unable to defend herself. The only option is to institutionalize him and the costs will at the going rate, cause them to loose their home, their savings, everything and leave her without any of the means of financially caring for herself. He served honorable in the Navy during the entire Second World War. Their whole life savings and home will be gone within 18 months to 2 years and this little allowance is being hailed as new help. It is little more than another way of creating a much ado about nothing. If help is to be made available, then assist in the cost that they are encumbered with. Otherwise, stop your self agrandizing and admit your failing of the Heros of America.
The new program is help that's needed by a vet. couple that I know. How do they get more information? Is VA. one of the 28 states receiving the Grants? My e-mail address is [email protected] Please rush. Thanks. Col, (ret) Howard m. Williams

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