One of our most frequently asked questions is, “am I eligible for admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?”
As an independent, non-profit organization separate from the VA, our veteran eligibility requirements were established by 108th Maine legislature to ensure we can provide the care and support our honored veterans deserve today and into the future. We opened our first veteran nursing home in 1983 and have proudly grown with five more locations throughout the state.
Our facilities provide skilled nursing care, rehabilitative services, dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, long-term care and residential care to veterans and eligible family members.
Who Is Eligible for Admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?
- Veterans who were residents of Maine at the time of their entry into the U.S. Armed Forces or who are residents of Maine at the time of application to Maine Veterans’ Home.
- Veterans must have served one or more days on federal active duty other than for training purposes in the U.S. Armed Forces including the Reserve and National Guard.
- Spouses, widows or widowers, and gold star parents, of eligible veterans.
If I Didn’t Serve During Wartime, Am I Eligible for Admission?
Yes, as a veteran, you may qualify for admission even if you never served in war. Those serving with the Reserve and National Guard also may qualify for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes.
Are Merchant Marines Eligible for Admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?
As an auxiliary to the U.S. Navy, a Merchant Marine may be eligible for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes if he or she has military service documentation, such as a DD Form 214. The best way to determine eligibility is to contact our veteran admissions specialists here at Maine Veterans Home.
As advocates for veterans, we have experience working with many state and federal agencies and can help guide you down the right path to get the paperwork you need.
Are Women Eligible for Admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?
All veterans, male or female, have the same eligibility requirements at Maine Veterans’ Homes. We often get this question as some women, especially those who served as an active duty nurse, often don’t perceive themselves as a veteran eligible for a veteran’s facility or veteran’s benefits.
Are Spouses Eligible for Admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?
Per regulations, 75% of our beds are reserved for veterans at any time. No more than 25% of residents may be other than veterans. Therefore, eligibility for a spouse or widower/widow of a veteran depends on availability. We do advise all interested veterans and eligible family members to get on a wait list, as we do have wait lists at each location.
Veteran Health Care Benefits
Gaining veteran health care benefits from Veterans Affairs is separate from gaining eligibility for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes.
As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may qualify for nursing home care veteran benefits provided by the VA. There are certain eligibility criteria involving service, level of care or assistance needed, income, insurance and other factors.
At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we are an independent, nonprofit organization separate from the VA. There is a daily VA stipend available to qualifying residents, and we can bill through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance for services provided.
Along with providing care and support for veterans on a daily basis at Maine Veterans’ Homes, we also work as advocates for veterans to promote and improve veterans’ long-term health care programs.
Plan Ahead By Joining Our Wait List
In preparation for gaining your benefits and future care at Maine Veterans’ Home, we recommend that you have a copy of your military discharge paperwork (DD Form 214) and inform your primary care provider of the intent to use the benefits of Maine Veterans’ Home in the future. Even if you never need our services, it is always advisable to have paperwork complete and a plan in place.
Feel free to contact us to help you navigate the process of benefits paperwork and eligibility. Our team of healthcare professionals have knowledge and experience working with veterans and veterans’ organizations.
Also, you and your spouse can join our wait list to help ensure you gain the care you need, where you want, when you need it.
We welcome you and your family to visit any one or all of our six Maine Veterans’ Homes locations throughout Maine or to contact us for any additional resources you may need.
Contact Maine Veterans’ Homes online or give us a call at 800-278-9494.