VA geriatrics are programs designed to give veterans care for later in life. VA extended care includes several programs that help veterans with everyday tasks and the management of chronic illnesses.
What Are VA Geriatrics and VA Extended Care?
Veterans with mesothelioma and other chronic illnesses and those entering the later stages of life often require special long-term care. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits to help such veterans through their Geriatrics and Extended Care programs.
VA geriatrics and VA extended care programs include:
- Nursing care
- Assisted living services
Through these programs, qualifying veterans can access a wide range of care services that help them live their lives fully.
- Many VA geriatrics and extended care programs can be accessed at a veteran’s home, a nursing home, community sites, and residential settings.
- Geriatrics and extended care programs are not just for veterans — many services provide support for family members and other caregivers.
- Geriatrics and extended care programs provide services that enhance a veteran’s quality of life while respecting their personal, cultural, and religious beliefs.
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VA Extended Care Services
The VA provides many different types of services for veterans who need extended care. These programs range from physical care to financial assistance to education to emotional support.
The VA’s hospice care services help veterans who have 6 months of life or less make the most of their precious time.
This program involves a multidisciplinary team that works with veterans and their families to create a plan of care that meets the veteran’s needs.
The hospice care program provides:
- Palliative care treatments
- Help controlling symptoms
- Bereavement support to family members
All services provided are performed with respect to the culture, religious beliefs, and personal wishes of the veteran involved.
Skilled Home Health Care
Skilled home health care is a program that brings in VA-paid medical professionals to serve veterans who have special care needs but live far away from VA centers.
Skilled home health care helps veterans who need services such as:
- Skilled nursing
- Case management
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Wound care
- IV antibiotics
This VA benefit can be used with other home- and community-based services.
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The VA’s palliative care program focuses on relieving suffering and controlling symptoms to help veterans live as comfortably and happily as possible.
The veteran works with an interdisciplinary team to come up with the best plan of care for them.
A VA palliative care team may include a:
- Medical provider
- Mental health provider
- Social worker
- Others a veteran may need
Veterans can access palliative care as soon as they are diagnosed with an illness. Their care team will be there to support them throughout the course of their illness.
Respite care is a type of service designed to give primary caregivers a break or time to complete important tasks.
There are two types of respite assistance:
- Home respite care: This service pays for someone to come to a veteran’s home or for a veteran to go to an adult daycare program. Caregivers may use home respite care for 6 hours at a time.
- Nursing home respite care: If a caregiver is going to be unavailable for a few days, this program pays for a loved one to go to a nursing home while they are away. Caretakers may use nursing home respite care for up to 30 days a year.
Respite care goes a long way in helping veteran caretakers manage the stress and strain of caring for a loved one.
Home-Based Primary Care
Home-based primary care describes VA health care services provided to home-bound veterans who have complex care needs that routine clinic-based care cannot help with.
A VA physician-supervised health care team provides these services to veterans at their homes.
This program also helps veterans experiencing isolation and caregivers who feel overburdened by their duties.