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Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Homes)

What is a Community Living Center?

A Community Living Center (CLC) is a VA Nursing Home. There are over 100 Community Living Centers across the country. See this listing of the current VA Community Living Center Locations.


During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Veterans in Community Living Centers

You may have concerns about a Veteran who receives care in a VA Community Living Center during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Keep in mind that as testing for COVID-19 evolves policies may change for observation, admission and visiting. Here are some answers to the questions asked most often: Veterans in Community Living Centers - Frequently Asked Questions.


Unlike many nursing homes in the past, a Community Living Center resembles "home" as much as possible.

There are activities for Veterans of all ages. There are family friendly places for visiting. Veterans are invited to decorate their rooms. And, pets are allowed to visit or live in the Community Living Center.

Veterans may stay for a short time or, in rare instances, for the rest of their life. It is a place where Veterans can receive nursing home level of care, which includes help with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) and skilled nursing and medical care.

The mission of a Community Living Center is to restore each Veteran to his or her highest level of well-being. It is also to prevent declines in health and to provide comfort at the end of life.

VA Community Living Centers

Watch the video to hear what providers and Veterans have to say about this VA program.

Am I eligible for a Community Living Center?

Your eligibility is based on clinical need and setting availability. The VA will provide Community Living Center (VA Nursing Home) care IF you meet certain eligibility criteria involving your service connected status, level of disability, and income.

  • You must first be enrolled in the VA health system, and be medically and psychiatrically stable.
  • A copay may be charged for CLC care based on your VA service-connected disability status and financial information.

Contact your VA social worker/case manager to complete the Application for Extended Care Benefits (VA Form 10-10EC) to learn the amount of your copay.

Find out more by visiting the Paying for Long Term Care page at

What services?

Community Living Centers provide these services:

  • 24-hour skilled nursing care (e.g., help with a wound or IV care)
  • Restorative care
  • Access to social work services
  • Geriatric evaluation and management

Some Community Living Centers also provide these services:

  • Mental health recovery care
  • Special care for Veterans with dementia or other cognitive deficits
  • Respite Care
  • Palliative Care and Hospice Care for end of life

Most Community Living Centers are on or close to the campus of a VA medical center. Not all VA Community Living Centers provide all services, so contact your local VA medical center to find out.

See this listing of the current VA Community Living Center Locations.


Bereaved Family Survey Scores for Hospice Care in a Community Living Center (VA Nursing Home)

2021 Bereaved Family Survey Scores for VA’s Community Living Center Hospice Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to provide as many details as possible to Veterans and their loved ones faced with the hard task of choosing a nursing home setting for hospice care.

The Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) supports this effort by sharing survey results.

The scores reflect a rating given by family members about the care and services their loved one receives. The score tells what percentage of survey takers rated hospice care with a score of 9 or 10 (on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best care).

To compare, the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) hospice survey scores use the same rating questions. Their results are not for a specific place. Instead, their survey scores reflect a blend of scores for hospice care in nursing homes, inpatient settings and in the home.

Survey scores for VA Community Living Centers are posted 4 times a year on this website.

How do I decide if a VA Community Living Center is right for me?

You can use a Veteran Decision Aid for Care at Home or in the Community to help you figure out what home care services or long term care services may best meet your needs now or in the future.

There's also a Caregiver Self-Assessment. It can help your caregiver identify their own needs and decide how much support they can offer to you. Having this information from your caregiver, along with the involvement of your care team and social worker, will help you reach short-term and long-term care decisions.

Ask your social worker for these resources or download copies from the Making Decisions page at

If nursing home care seems right for you, your VA social worker can help you locate one and assist with making arrangements.