Why nursing homes are great option for veterans (and their families)

Service men and women who have served in our nation’s military branches – on active or reserve duty – should have the opportunity to enjoy their twilight years with proper care and assistance without concerns about expenses.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, commonly called the VA, operates more than 1,200 healthcare facilities across the country to serve the medical needs of America’s soldiers, sailors, and marines, but many veterans may not be aware that the VA also provides funding for other medical needs as well. This includes both short-term and long-term care in nursing homes for veterans who may not be sick enough to be in the hospital but are unable to take care of themselves due to disability or age. Priority is given to veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Who qualifies for VA funding?

The VA is required to provide nursing home care to any veteran who:

  • needs nursing home care because of a service-connected disability
  • has a combined disability rating of 70 percent or more, or
  • has a disability rating of at least 60 percent and is:
  • deemed unemployable, or
  • has been rated permanently and totally disabled.

Other veterans who need nursing care may also receive services if resources are available after the above groups are taken care of, so it is worth investigating your eligibility before assuming you won’t qualify.

Which long-term care services are included?

Funding through the Veterans Administration provides veterans with access to both medical and support services depending on your specific situation, including:

  • 24/7 nursing and medical care
  • Physical therapy
  • Help with daily tasks (like bathing, dressing, making meals, and taking medicine)
  • Comfort care and help with managing pain
  • Support for caregivers who may need skilled help or a break so they can work, travel, or run errands

You can access this care in many different settings, including facilities run by VA, by individual states, or by community organizations. Care settings may include nursing homes, assisted-living centers, adult day health centers, or even your own home.

All approved facilities have been inspected and meet the guidelines and standards provided by the VA, including those operated in Alabama by American Healthcare Corporation.

How to access services

You may be able to use one or more of these services if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You’re signed up for VA health care, and
  • You need a specific service to help with your ongoing treatment and personal care, and
  • The service (or space in the care setting) is available near you

Other factors, like your service-connected disability status or insurance coverage, may also be used to determine your VA eligibility, along with your need for ongoing treatment, personal care, and assistance. In addition, the availability of the service you need in your area, your financial eligibility, service-connected (VA disability) status, insurance coverage, and/or ability to pay may also impact your access.

How to evaluate your options and make a decision

Because there can be so many factors that influence your choices for long-term care, it’s important to work with a partner you know and trust, particularly one who understands the complexities of your unique situation. If you’ve reached a point where you’re considering long-term care, it’s time to evaluate and select a facility that can help. Facilities managed by American Health Corporation – including three locations in Alabama – offer the highest quality healthcare nearby and meet the requirements for Veterans Administration funding.

Contact the American Health Corporation nursing home in your area today for more information or to schedule a guided tour:

Oak Trace (Bessemer, AL) 205-428-9383

Colonial Haven (Greensboro, AL) 334-624-3054

Perry County Nursing Home (Marion, AL) 334-683-9696