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Paying for Long Term Care

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Long Term Care
  • Includes a wide range of services such as help with everyday tasks and support for managing an illness.
  • Is provided for an extended period when someone is not able to do everyday tasks themself.
  • Can be provided in many settings, such as a person’s home, community sites, residential settings, and nursing homes.
  • May include support for family members or other caregivers who help people who are ill or disabled.

Please review the Home and Community Based Services and Nursing Home and Residential Settings sections of the Guide for a detailed description of long term care services and settings.

You may be able to pay for long term care services through VA, Federal and State programs (Medicare and Medicaid), and through insurance or your private funds. Click on the tabs in this section of the Guide for more information about these sources of funding.

Your eligibility for long term care services, provided in any long term care setting, will be determined based on your need for ongoing treatment, personal care, and assistance, as well as the availability of the service in your location. Other factors, such as financial eligibility, your service-connected (VA disability) status, insurance coverage, and/or ability to pay may also apply.

If you still have questions after reading this section of the Guide to Long Term Care, call toll-free, 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST). Or, contact your VA social worker.