Find out about Home and Community Based Services, Residential Settings, and Nursing Homes.
How to Choose
What are your Long Term Care options? How do you decide? Who should be involved? Use Shared Decision Making.
Geriatrics and Extended Care Services (GEC) is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of Veterans with multiple chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty or disability associated with chronic disease, aging or injury.
The Guide to Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is your key to comprehensive information about services in VA and the larger community.
Home and Community Based Services including: Adult Day Health Care, Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), Respite Care, Skilled Home Health Care, Telehealth Care, and Veteran Directed Care.
Residential Settings including: Community Residential Settings, Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living and Medical Foster Homes.
Nursing Homes including: Community Living Centers, Community Nursing Homes and State Veterans Homes.
How to Pay for Long Term Care including funding from: VA, Medicare, Medicaid, and personal funds and LTC insurance.
Locate Services and Resources including: VA and other services, resources and other helpful websites for you and your caregiver.
Choosing the best long term services and supports can be challenging. VHA encourages you to share that decision by including others in your discussions such as your family caregiver, medical provider and, of course, your social worker or care coordinator. We explain how it works and provide some helpful tools and videos.
Shared Decision Making – What is it? How does it work? Find out more.
Shared Decision Making Worksheet - helps you think about your long term care needs and preferences.
Self-Assessment Worksheet - helps you assess your caregiver role and responsibilities.
Learn why VHA leaders are supporting shared decision making for choices about long term services and supports. Watch the video!
This animated video explains how patients can make a shared decision about their medical treatment. Watch the video!
Geriatrics and Extended Care Services (GEC) is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of Veterans with multiple chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty or disability associated with chronic disease, aging or injury. Our programs maximize each Veteran’s functional independence and lessen the burden of disability on Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Find out more.
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) attract scientists and health science students to the field of geriatrics to help increase the basic knowledge of aging, transmit this knowledge to health care providers, and improve the quality of care delivered to elders. Find out more.
Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team (Geri-PACT) offers enhanced ambulatory care expertise for managing community-dwelling Veterans whose healthcare needs are particularly challenging due to multiple chronic diseases, coexisting cognitive and functional decline as well as psychosocial factors. Find out more.