The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to expand care and services for elderly veterans to age in their homes or live in home-like settings as an alternative to nursing homes.
Expand Care And Services For Elderly Veterans
Announced Monday, the VA will expand the Veteran-Directed Care and Home-Based Primary Care programs. These programs provide medical care and caregiver services to elderly veterans. Its Medical Foster Home program provides housing and services to veterans who otherwise would be in elder care facilities.
Officials at the VA’s Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care said the expansion is needed to ensure that the VA can support the growing number of elderly veterans.
In the next 20 years, the number of elderly veterans expects to double from 2 million to 4 million.
“These evidence-based programs allow veterans to age-in-place, avoid or delay nursing home placement and choose the care environment that aligns most with their care needs, preferences and goals,” said the office’s executive director, Dr. Scotte Hartronft.
Implemented in 1999, the VA is required to provide nursing home assistance to veterans who qualify for VA health care, have a service-connected disability rating over 60%, or are considered unemployable.
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