A Community Nursing Home is a place where Veterans can live full time and receive skilled nursing care any time of day or night.
VA contracts with community nursing homes to care for Veterans. The Community Nursing Home program is offered in many communities so Veterans can receive care near their homes and families.
Eligibility for a Community Nursing Home is based on clinical need and setting availability. The VA will only pay for Community Nursing Home care if you meet eligibility criteria involving your service connected status, level of disability, and income.
If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to use your own resources to pay for nursing home care, which may include Medicare benefits and/or applying for Medicaid assistance if you cannot afford to pay.
Talk with a VA social worker/case manager about your eligibility and to figure out a plan for paying for Community Nursing Home care services.
Find out more about Paying for Long Term Care.
Community Nursing Home care always provides:
Some Community Nursing Homes also provide:
Moving into a Community Nursing Home is an important decision for you and your family.
You can use a Shared Decision Making Worksheet to help you figure out what long term care services or settings may best meet your needs now or in the future.
There's also a Caregiver Self-Assessment . It can help your caregiver identify their own needs and decide how much support they can offer to you. Having this information from your caregiver, along with the involvement of your care team and social worker, will help you reach good long term care decisions.
Your physician or other primary care provider can answer questions about your medical needs. Some important questions to talk about with your social worker and family include:
If a Community Nursing Home seems right for you, your VA social worker may be able to help you locate options in your community.
You can also use the Helpful Websites listed in the Guide to Long Term Care to help you locate facilities in your community.
My health has steadily been getting worse, but my wife and I only realized we couldn't manage on our own when I got bed sores because she couldn't turn me over. It was time to get more help and having me move into a Community Nursing Home was the right decision for us.
Because of his Alzheimer's, my father isn't safe living alone and couldn't take care of himself anymore. My family visits him regularly at the Community Nursing Home and can see that he is getting everything he needs.
Greg, Veteran's son and caregiver
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Last updated March 12, 2014