Approximately 25% of all Americans who pass away each year are US Veterans; men and women who have honorably served in the US Armed Forces. Yet only 4% of those Veterans utilize valuable End of Life healthcare benefits they have earned from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
End of Life care costs can add up quickly, particularly for Veterans who may have healthcare challenges as a result of their dedication and service. The VA offers important resources to help Veterans Servicemen and their families to manage End of Life healthcare.
The VA provides a variety of healthcare benefits specifically for elderly Veterans, including geriatric health care and long-term care programs. Go to: http://www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/Guide/LongTermCare/index.asp.
Geriatrics and Long-Term Care
Geriatrics is healthcare for elderly Veterans with complex needs. Extended care or long-term care are programs for Veterans who need daily support and assistance with practical tasks like meals, medication, bathing and dressing.
Elderly Veterans can receive geriatric and long-term care programs at home, at VA medical centers or in the community. These Geriatrics healthcare programs are available through the VA:
- Home-Based and Community Services
Adult day health care, home-based primary care, homemaker and home health aide care, hospice and palliative care, Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly, respite care, skilled home health care, Telehealth care and Veteran directed care.