|Finding the best long-term care approach can be a challenge. VA health care offers sick and disabled Veterans options regarding the setting of their care and the types of care they receive.
When Ken, an Air Force Veteran, had a stroke, he suddenly became dependent on his wife. VA was there to help. “When people told us it was time to put him in a nursing home we just weren’t ready for that,” says Maria, Ken’s wife and caregiver. “We got in the program and they made it so very easy for us.”
Long-term care services include:
- Nursing and medical care
- Physical therapy
- Help with daily tasks, like bathing, dressing and making meals
- Comfort care and help with managing pain
- Support for caregivers
This care is available in many different settings, including nursing homes, adult day homes, and assisted living centers. Programs like Home Based Primary Care and Veterans-Directed Care give Veterans the care that they need at home, so they can continue to live independently. To access these services, Veterans must be enrolled in VA health care and VA must determine a specific service is necessary.
Visit Explore.VA.gov to learn about all VA benefits and how to apply or click on the button below for information about VA health care.