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GeriPACTs – Specialized Care for Older Veterans

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America is Getting Older – How is VA Responding?

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. Each one has a primary care provider, and that provider has a whole team working with them.
This team model of care is called PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) and it provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime. Veterans receive primary care in PACT clinics, so you may know them by color names, like silver, or military alphabet names, like Bravo.
The fastest growing age group of Veterans VA serves is those age 65 and older. By 2017 almost 10 million of our 21.7 million Veterans will be over 65. VA is responding with PACT teams customized for older Veterans.

GeriPACTS – Customized Care for Older Veterans

A GeriPACT (Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team) is a PACT team designed for our older and chronically ill Veterans – those who have complicated health problems made even more challenging by social factors and mental health issues. Watch this GeriPACT video to learn more.
The Veteran is at the center of his or her GeriPACT team, which includes an “army” of health care providers from many disciplines. Next time you go to VA for a clinic visit, ask if your location offers GeriPACTS.