Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
New Site for Guide to Long Term Care
The Geriatrics and Extended Care Program recently developed a new online Guide to explain the various services available for Veterans in need of long-term care. The new Guide also offers tools for you to plan ahead and involve your family member or support person, social worker, and care team in making plans and decisions that are best for you.
The new site contains a Guide to Long Term Care which provides information on the many long-term care programs and services offered either directly (by the VA) or through community-based agencies. These programs include Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, State Veterans Homes, Nursing Homes, and more. For Veterans enrolled in VHA care, your eligibility for all of these programs is based on clinical need and service or setting availability.
Shared Decision Making is also introduced on the site as a critical element in the care of Veterans. It provides an opportunity for the Veteran, caregiver, social worker, and care team to come to an agreement on the best option for the Veteran’s current and future situations. Both the caregiver and Veteran can fill out a worksheet assessing what each of their needs are and what steps need to be taken to fulfill them. With this tool, all parties are able to determine the best options to meet the needs of everyone involved. You can get these tools from the online Guide or by asking your social worker or care team for a copy.
We encourage everyone to check out the new Guide to Long Term Care website and see the wealth of information now available to providers, caregivers, and patients. The Guide brings information on services together in one convenient location, providing Veterans and Caregivers the opportunity to find programs and services designed to meet both Veteran and family needs.
For more information about long-term care programs and services offered at the Providence VA Medical Center, as well as additional resources, please visit our website or call (401) 273-7100, ext. 6105.