Geriatrics is health care for elderly Veterans with complex needs. Extended care – also known as long term care – is a program for Veterans of all ages who need the daily support and assistance of another individual. Elderly Veterans can receive geriatric and long term care programs at home, at VA medical centers, or in the community.
Geriatrics Program – Geriatrics is the field of health care that serves elderly Veterans with complex needs. Extended care – also known as long term care is a program for Veterans of all ages who need daily support and assistance of another individual. Elderly Veterans can receive geriatric and long term care programs at home, at a VA medical centers, or in the community.
Long Term Care – The VHA offers many long term care services to Veterans enrolled in the health care system.
Eligibility for Long Term Care – Includes a wide range of services such as help with everyday tasks and support for managing disabilities and illness.
- Is provided for an extended period when someone is not able to do everyday tasks independently.
- Can be provided in many settings, such as a person's home , community sites, residential settings and nursing homes,
- May include support for family members or other care givers who help people are ill or living with a disability.
Home Based and Community Services – These services help chronically ill or disabled Veterans of any age remain in their homes. A Veteran can receive more than one service at the same time.
Nursing Home and Residential Care – Some of the services listed on the home and Community Based Services, such as Hospice and Palliative Care, can also be provided in Residential Settings and Nursing homes.
Geriatrics Research – The purpose of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers is to increase the basic knowledge about the aging process and how diseases of the elderly are best managed, transmit this knowledge to health care providers, and improve the quality of care delivered to elders.