Dr. Kenneth Shay, Director of Geriatric Programs at the Veteran’s Health Administration, introduces six examples of VAs home based alternatives to long-term care. The sample programs highlighted below are from nearly 150 programs introduced since 2009 in sites from Vermont to Virginia, Honolulu to Florida. The programs provide dependent veterans and those who care for them with a range of proven new choices for staying connected with their families, their communities and with the country they fought to protect.
|Introducing Home Based Care options
Dr. Shay, VHA Director of Geriatrics Programs introduces several VA home based care programs for elderly Veterans (2 minutes).
|VA Program at Home
This is a research-based home hospital program run by physicians and nurses to prevent hospitalization or get patients out of the hospital earlier (2 minutes).
|VA Dementia Competencies at Home
This program maintains Veterans in their home through dementia care education and support to their caregivers. Caregivers get the tools they need to keep their home safe (1.5 minutes).
|VA PACE Program
PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides all inclusive care for Veterans in one location (2 minutes).
|VA Integrated Care
This model, integrating geriatrics and mental health imbedded in primary care, is uniquely suited to better manage all the Veteran’s medical and psychosocial needs (1.5 minutes).
A GRACE team consists of a nurse practitioner and social worker acting as a liaison with the VA primary care provider. The GRACE team meets with the patient in the home (2 minutes).
|VA Home Based Transitional Care
The Home-based Transitional Care Program significantly reduces readmission rates. Within 4 days of hospital discharge, a nurse and therapist do in-home evaluation and assessment (2 minutes).
|VA Home Based Care Options - Summary
Dr. Shay summarizes these pilot programs that allow Veterans to stay at home among family and friends (1 minute).
Full length presentation:
New Home-based Care Options
This video combines all the above short segments into one video (14 minutes).