VetAssist® Program is Focus of VHC Meeting
Veterans Home Care is preparing to celebrate our 11th anniversary next month, but we’ve never been satisfied to rest on our laurels. Last week, all Veterans Home Care staffVeterans Home Care Professional Staff Meeting 2013
from 11 offices around the country convened for the first time in VHC history. Branding the new VetAssist® Program of Veterans Home Care was the main focus; the unique program, unavailable anywhere else, offers many advantages to wartime veterans or their spouses who need assistance with activities of daily living.
The VetAssist® Program helps qualifying wartime veterans or surviving spouses to access the “Aid and Attendance” pension, a little-known Department of Veterans Affairs benefit. One of the VetAssist® Program’s unique features is a zero-interest loan, with no out-of-pocket costs to clients, to pay for home care beginning when the application to the VA is submitted. After clients are approved by the VA and begin receiving pension payments, the VetAssist® Program provides continuing case management and compliance monitoring to help ensure that clients keep their pension.
Since VHC’s founding in January, 2003, the company has helped more than 7,000 elderly wartime veterans or their spouses receive care to help keep them safe in their homes. Because of the unique VetAssist® Program, clients receive home care as soon as their claim goes to the VA, at no out-of-pocket cost to them.
Agencies that work with Veterans Home Care as VetAssist® Program Partners are able to provide care to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford their services.
“In speaking to our clients, home care providers and even people associated with the VA, we’ve come to realize that what we offer is truly unique,” commented Bonnie Laiderman, Veterans Home Care president. “All our offices offer the VetAssist® Program; our company-wide meeting was spent discussing how to get the word out. Veteran families and home care agencies need to know how we’re different from other entities who say they help veterans; our services are something they can’t find anywhere else.”
More than 40 VHC staff from around the U.S. attended training and a company-wide meetings.
Donna Appel, national Sales Director (left) with Marcy Seeney, Missouri Regional Manager (center) acknowledged Field Representative Dana Taylor for having signed up the most clients for 2013. Eric Leonard (center) was among the top three field reps who have helped more than 100 veteran families receive benefits in the past year. He is flanked by Donnal Appel, national sales director and Curtez Kimble, VHC of Texas regional manager.
Curtez Kimble, Regional Manager from Veterans Home Care of Texas discusses using technology in the field.
Veterans Home Care partners: Evan Kaltman of New Jersey, Fred Kimble of Texas, Bonnie & Howard Laiderman, Shirley Pardee of Michigan, Scott Sale, M.D. of California. Valerie VanBooven (second from right) was among the presenters at the Veterans Home Care company-wide meeting. From left: Bonnie Laiderman, President, Susan Walker, Communications Director, Valerie, and Howard Laiderman, Vice President.