Former service personnel who are disabled or in need of long-term care can access nursing home service providers through a variety of private and public organizations. In addition to receiving nursing home care, veterans are also eligible for private and government assistance in areas such as health care, housing and employment. Among numerous other providers, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers a wide array of benefits to service persons and their families.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Veteran long-term care benefits can be accessed through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The programs assist veterans with long-term care and related disabilities, however, qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list for VA nursing homes. In addition, the services can only be provided at VA-approved facilities. Depending on the program, applicants may also be eligible to receive funding for at-home care or to subsidize their nursing home care payments. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 800-633-4227 medicare.gov
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs--VA
To receive nursing home care assistance from the VA office, service persons must first enroll for benefits at a local VA office, be registered at a primary care clinic and request an evaluation for nursing home care. VA benefits provide a comprehensive health care package, which includes nursing home care. Other programs that are covered under VA benefits include domiciliary care, adult day health care, geriatric evaluation and respite care. Nursing home care will be provided for service-connected disabilities only or if a service person is unemployable because of a disability. If approved, applicants will receive care at a VA facility or a contract nursing home. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs--VA 810 Vermont Ave., NW Washington, DC 20420 800-827-1000 va.gov
National Care Planning Council
The National Care Planning Council is an on-line "long-term care link" that provides a comprehensive list of elder care, senior care and long-term care resources for veterans and civilians. The council offers counseling, educational workshops and seminars to create public awareness on the need for long-term care planning. The website provides a list of statewide VA nursing care facilities and resources. According to the council's website, veterans who served in active duty during World War II or the Korean and Vietnam wars are eligible for up to $1,949 per month in VA benefits to pay for nursing home care or related programs. Single widows or widowers of veterans who were on active duty during World War II or the Korean and Vietnam wars are eligible to receive up to $1,056 in benefits per month to cover their nursing care or related costs. National Care Planning Council PO BOX 1118 Centerville, UT 84014 800-989-8137 longtermcarelink.net
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