Virginia has two types of waivers: Developmental Disability Waivers (DDW) and Long-Term Services and Supports Waivers (LTSS).
The two DDW with a participant-direction option are:
These waivers provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who need a certain level of support to live in the community. All three DDW offer self-direction options for some services, such as personal assistance, respite, companionship, and supported living. Participants can hire and manage their own workers, including family members, friends, or neighbors if they meet the qualifications and pass a background check.
The LTSS waiver with a participant-direction option is:
This waiver helps individuals who are elderly or have physical disabilities and need a nursing facility level of care to remain in their homes or communities. This waiver also offers self-direction options for personal care, respite, and companion services. Participants can use the same process as the DDW to hire and manage their own workers. Each waiver has different eligibility requirements, service limits, and waiting lists.
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Area Agencies on Aging are crucial in supporting family caregivers caring for older adults. These agencies typically offer various services, resources, and programs to assist family caregivers in their caregiving responsibilities. Some of the most common ways in which state Agencies on Aging support family caregivers include: