VNH caregivers deliver support services to people with chronic medical conditions who need extended care and assistance to remain in their homes. This Medicaid-funded program, administered in Vermont through Choices for Care and in New Hampshire through Choices for Independence, allows you to remain in the community, maintaining as much independence as possible while coping with the effects of conditions such as stroke, congestive heart failure, emphysema, diabetes, vascular disease and muscle disorders.
Eligible patients may receive some or all of these services:
- Case management to assist with planning, coordination and monitoring of all required medical and social services.
- Personal care, to provide help with activities such as eating, walking, personal hygiene, cooking and shopping.
- Homemaking, to help maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment in the home.
- In Vermont, assistive devices, home modifications and respite for caregivers may be available.
Choices for Care is about each patient’s health, but health is about more than medical care. We help people apply for supplemental nutritional assistance, we make mental health referrals. We want to give people every chance to make things work at home.
How Home Health Aids and Personal Care Attendants Support Patient Care:
PCAs help patients with:
- Meal preparation
- Home management
HHAs help patients with:
- Assistance with hygiene
- Light housekeeping
- Assistance with laundry
- Simple wound care
It is incredible work that the VNH PCAs and Homemakers do in supporting clients who might otherwise be in nursing homes but have made the choice to remain in the comfort of their own home.
Personal Care Attendants (PCA)
PCAs help clients with important aspects of their personal care, from dressing in the morning to bathing, exercise and more, along with homemaking duties in some cases.
These key VNH staff members help clients stay at home by helping with cooking, shopping and general house cleaning.