America is Getting Older
The VA “has your six” – a military term that means I’ve got your back. Indeed, the VA has got the back of every Veteran who receives care at VA.
Who Cares for the Caregivers?
The Caregiver Support Program offers training, resources, tips and tools to help caregivers take care of Veterans and themselves.
Madison, Wisconsin VA has been recognized as the first VA "Dementia Friendly Hospital."
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.
How to Choose
VHA encourages you to discuss your long term care options with others. This includes your family caregiver, medical provider and your social worker or care coordinator. Find out more.
What is Shared Decision Making?
Worksheets for Veterans and Caregivers
Shared Decision Making Worksheet
Helps you think about your long term care needs and preferences.
Helps you assess your caregiver role and responsibilities.
Videos about Shared Decision Making
VHA Leadership Supports Shared Decision Making - Learn why VHA leaders are supporting shared decision making for choices about long term services and supports.
Shared Decision Making in Rural Areas - Learn how social work is key to helping Veterans, their family and caregivers make decisions about long term services and supports.
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 Care, Palliative Care, Respite Care, Skilled Home Health Care, Telehealth Care and Veteran-Directed Care.
Residential Settings including: Community Residential Care, 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.
What We Do
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.
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.