Volume XX  Issue VIII                                                    THE POST                                                   July 29th, 2020

Service Officer’s Post for July/Aug 2020

.VA provides institution-based services (nursing home level of care) to Veterans through three national programs: VA owned and operated Community Living Centers (CLC), State Veterans’ Homes owned and operated by the states, and the community nursing home program. Each program has admission and eligibility criteria specific to the program. VA is obligated to pay the full cost of nursing home services for enrolled Veterans who need nursing home care for a service-connected disability, or Veterans or who have a 70 percent or greater service-connected disability and Veterans with a rating of total disability and Veterans with a rating of total disability based on individual un-employability. VA provided nursing home care for all other Veterans is based on available resources. Institution based nursing home care is expected to be person centered and serves Veterans of all ages.

VA Community Living Centers (CLC) provide a dynamic array of short stay (less than 90 days) and long stay (91 day or more) services. Short stay services include but are not limited to skilled nursing respite care, rehabilitation, hospice, and continuing care for Veterans awaiting placement in the community. Long stay services include but are not limited to dementia care and continuing care to maintain the Veteran’s level of functioning. Short stay and long stay services are available for Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care and require CLC services.

State Veterans’ Home Program:State Veterans homes are owned and operated by the state. The states petition VA for grant dollars for a portion of the construction costs followed by a request for recognition as a state home. Once recognized, VA pays a portion of the per diem if the state meets VA standards. States establish eligibility criteria and determine services offered for short and long-term care. Specialized services offered are dependent upon the capability of the home to render them.

Community Nursing Home Program:VA health care facilities establish contracts with community nursing homes. The purpose of this program is to meet the nursing home needs of Veterans who require long-term nursing care in their own community close to their families, and who meet the enrollment and eligibility requirements.

Admission Criteria: The general criteria for nursing home placement in each of three programs require that a resident must be medically stable, i.e. not acutely ill, have sufficient functional deficits to require inpatient nursing care, and be determined by an appropriate medical provider to the need institutional nursing home care. Furthermore, the Veteran must need the specific eligibility criteria for community living center care or the contract nursing home program and the eligibility criteria for the specific Veterans home.

Home and Community Based Services:IVA offers a variety of community-based non-institutional long-term services and supports these services either directly or by contract with community-based agencies. Home and community-based services are expected to be person centered and serve Veterans of all ages. Veterans receiving these services may be subject to a copay.

In-Home and Community Based Care:Skilled home health care, homemaker/home health aide services, community adult day health care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Veteran Directed Care.

Respite Care:Designed to relieve the Family Caregiver from the constant burden of caring for a chronically ill or disabled Veteran at home. Services can include in-home care, a short stay in an institutional setting or adult day health care.

Primary Care:Geri Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) provide geriatric focused primary care in an outpatient setting; Home Based Primary Care PACT provides primary care in the home; Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) provides inpatient or outpatient short-term comprehensive geriatric evaluation and management.


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Sick Call For the Months of July/Aug 2020

Richard Balboa, Greg Bowling, Sal Estrada, Warren Koerner, Robert Lewis, Robert Palucki, Stan Kuchta and Ralph McCurdy.

Birthdays For the Month of August 2020 (15)

Dan Braglia (02), Joseph Perez (02), David Evers (04), Matthew Piwowarski (04), Henry Boedecker III (08), Richard Carriel (09), Howard Boone Jr. (11), Carmen Izzo (14), Martin Brennan (14), Michael Champion (18), Donnie Simmons (25), Thomas Foster (26), Anthony Cimo (31) and Charles Krezwick (31).