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Why Aging at Home Is Getting Easier for Some Families

Caregiver Homes is part of a change in the way long-term care (LTC) is being delivered. The majority of Medicaid spending on LTC services for care delivered in a home or community setting. State agencies and private companies are coming up with ways to financially support family caregivers. [More]

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VA Medical Foster Home - Where Heroes Meet Angels

The VA Medical Foster Home provides an option to receive personalized care in the comfort of a home setting. The VA provides home medical care through their Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) team. [More]

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Fargo VA grants a dying Veteran a final wish

The Fargo VA today played host to "one memorable party” for a "Very" memorable man. Jerry's wish was to throw one last party for those who love him here at the VA. [More]

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VA Reaches Indian Health Service with RITT Program

VA has expanded its geriatrics and gerontology training to include the Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Programs through the Geriatric Scholars Program and its Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training (RITT) Program. [More]

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Medical Foster Home - A Home Away from Home

Medical Foster Home serves Veterans who have multiple, complex medical problems and offers Veterans the choice to receive nursing home level of care in a less restrictive, home environment. The Medical Foster Home program brings together VA support with a person who is willing to open their home and serve in the role of a strong family caregiver. [More]

Thomas T. Yoshikawa

David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

Thomas T. Yoshikawa, MD, AGSF, former Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the outgoing Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, will be honored by members of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) this May with one of their highest awards: David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award. [More]

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Community Living Centers Provide Personalized, Veteran-Centered Care

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) hosted a wedding at the Community Living Center (CLC) CLC. Joined by family, friends, and staff, CLC Resident s Hugo Heins and Fay Heins were pronounced husband and wife by VA Chaplain Ernest Benson. [More]

Happy older Vet in a VA medical foster home

VA care at home, Veterans choose the medical foster home program instead of a nursing home

A Medical Foster Home is an adult foster home of three residents or less, combined with VA interdisciplinary home care team such as VA Home-Based Primary Care or Spinal Cord Injury Home Care providing non-institutional long term care for Veterans who are unable to live independently and prefer family setting. [More]

Reducing Compassion Fatigue

Coordinated Transitional Care Program (C-TraC) Expands to a New Hospital

C-TraC program uses hospital-based nurse case managers, inpatient team integration, and post-hospital telephone contacts to support high-risk patients and their caregiver's transition from hospital to community. Low-cost, primarily telephone-based program reduced 30-day re-hospitalizations by one-third, leading to significant savings at the Madison VA Hospital where the program was first implemented. [ More]

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Veterans Affairs program works to ensure no Veteran dies alone

A Veteran’s journey at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center featured recently in the Chicago Tribune highlighted a growing program across VA known as “No Veteran Dies Alone”. Volunteers from this program help Veterans approaching death by providing a human touch, listening to their stories and being there when others cannot. [More]

Reducing Compassion Fatigue

Journey to Resilience: Implementing a Plan to Reduce Compassion Fatigue

Building resilience reduces compassion fatigue. An expert facilitated three half-day sessions with a multidisciplinary group to explore compassion fatigue (CF) and its impact on staff and patient care. Strategies were developed for: intra-team praise and acknowledgement; recognition of CF risk; and measurement of the impact of those strategies on staff and Veterans. [ More]