Geriatrics and Extended Care
VA Community Living Center (Nursing Home) Care
Community living center (nursing home) care strives to restore the resident to maximum function, prevent further decline, maximize independence, and/or provide comfort when dying. Most VA community living centers are able to provide short-term, restorative and rehabilitative care up to 100 days. Longer care is available for veterans who meet eligibility criteria.
Community Nursing Home Program
The Community Nursing Home Program assists in the placement of patients who require skilled nursing care in a community nursing home. Community nursing homes are appropriate when a veteran needs rehabilitation, skilled care or total care to manage personal care needs.
VA pays the community nursing home costs for a very limited time allowing the patient/family to apply for alternate payment sources such as Medicaid. Some patients only need community nursing home care for a brief period before returning home. Others will need the community nursing home for a prolonged period of time. In either case, this program assists the patient and family in securing placement in a community living center that provides the necessary skilled and custodial care necessary to maintain the patient.
The Respite Program provides the person caring for a sick or disabled veteran, a break from their caregiving duties. The veteran is typically admitted to the Medical Center for a brief stay of one to two weeks. Respite care can be used for a variety of reasons. For example, if the caregiver becomes sick, needs to go out of town, or simply needs a break from the stress of providing "around-the-clock" care. Respite can be a key element in being able to help the veteran live at home for as long as possible. Respite care is available for up to four weeks per calendar year and is planned in advance.