VNH caregivers deliver support services to people with chronic medical problems who need extended care 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 people 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.
“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.”
—Michelle Grist-Weiner, Long Term Care Case Manager
VNH Personal Care Attendants and Homemakers help our long-term care clients through the day, providing assistance with the basic activities of daily living to help people stay at home.
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.
“The gratitude you receive is incredible. It’s satisfying to know I’m doing what someone needs in order to maintain their independence and stay where they want to be. At the end of the day, I go home proud.”
—Alicia Stockwell, PCA