Posted Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Morris is one of three counties participating in a Veterans Administration program to help veterans of all ages who are at risk of nursing home placement to remain independent in their homes.

The Veterans’ Connection Community Living Program gives veterans and their families access to a wide range of home and community-based long-term care services.

The program encourages veterans and their caregivers to actively participate in directing their own care, said Theresa Davis, director of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans.
“The consumer will choose and manage the right combination of services and supports that will help them to remain at home,” David said. “It puts them in charge.”

The focus of the Veterans’ Connection Program is to complement and support the ongoing efforts of family caregivers and the individual’s personal and financial resources, which can enable the veteran to remain in the community for as long as possible and avoid nursing home placement, Davis said.

Morris is participating in the program along with Somerset and Bergen counties. To date, Davis said, 18 Morris County veterans are enrolled.

To be eligible to participate, an individual must reside in one of those counties, be enrolled in the Veterans Administration Healthcare System and be at risk of nursing home placement, Davis said. The veteran must also have needs that can be met by the program using healthcare agency services and/or the informal supports the individual already has in place.

Davis said anyone wishing additional information about the Veterans’ Connection Program may call the Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans at 1-800-564-4656.