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What is Long Term Care?

Long Term Care

  • Includes a wide range of services such as help with everyday tasks and support for managing an illness.
  • Is provided for an extended period when someone is not able to do everyday tasks themselves.
  • Can be provided in many settings, such as a person’s home, community sites, residential settings, and nursing homes.
  • May include support for family members or other caregivers who help people that are ill or disabled.

Review Services at Home and in the Community and Residential Settings and Nursing Homes for detailed descriptions of long term care services and settings within VA. And, if desired, explore long term care options outside of VA.

You may be able to pay for long term care services through VA, Federal (Medicare) and State (Medicaid) programs and through insurance or your private funds.

Your eligibility for long term care services, provided in any long term care setting, will be determined based on your need for ongoing treatment, personal care, and assistance, as well as the availability of the service in your location. Other factors, such as financial eligibility, your service-connected (VA disability) status, insurance coverage, and/or ability to pay may also apply.

If you still have questions after reviewing this website, call toll-free, 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm (CST) or contact your VA social worker. Find a VA social worker in your area.