Get Answers to MVH’s Most Common FAQs

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: February 07, 2019
Category: Eligibility and Benefits

Finding the right place for you or your loved one to receive care can be a confusing process. At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we believe being transparent is not only helpful, but part of our mission to serve all veterans and families as they have served us.

Get more information and answers to common FAQs about eligibility and benefits at Maine Veterans’ Homes in our guide: 

Are you the same as the VA?

Can my spouse move with me?

Am I eligible for admission if I didn’t serve during wartime?

Are Merchant Marines eligible for admission at MVH?

What if I can’t find my DD Form 214?

Are women eligible for admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?

How long is the waitlist?

What if I cannot move when my place on the waitlist is called?

Is there a “priority” waitlist?

Do you accept Medicare?

How do I pay for a short-term stay?

How do I pay for residential care?

How can I get more information about Maine Veterans’ Homes?


Are you the same as the VA?

No; we are separate and independent from the VA. Although we work closely with federal agencies and the state of Maine to help our residents receive the benefits they’ve earned, we are an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to serving Maine’s veterans and families exclusively. We receive no direct appropriations from the state or VA.

Can my spouse move with me?

Yes – spouses of eligible veterans (alive or deceased) are eligible to stay at our homes. At Maine Veterans’ Homes, veterans always get priority, so 75 percent of our beds are reserved for veterans at all times.  

Am I eligible for admission if I didn’t serve during wartime?

Yes - even if you never served in a war, you may still be eligible for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.

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Are Merchant Marines eligible for admission at MVH?

Yes - If you are a WWII-era Merchant Marine who has military service documentation, such as a DD Form 214, you may be eligible for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.  

What if I can’t find my DD Form 214?

As veteran advocates, we have experience working with state and federal agencies to help you get the paperwork you need. You can also contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

Learn more about requesting your DD-214.

My mother was an active duty nurse. Are women eligible for admission at Maine Veterans’ Homes?

Absolutely - all veterans, regardless of gender, have the same eligibility requirements.

How long is the waiting list?

Availability is unpredictable and varies between our six locations. You may request an estimated wait time when your application is submitted.

If you are interested in receiving care at Maine Veterans’ Homes, we recommend you get on the waitlist whether you are ready for care or not. Once you’re on the list, we will stay in touch with you about your care and our availability.

What if I cannot move when my place on the waitlist is called?

When a vacancy occurs, we will begin contacting individuals on our waitlist. If you are not ready to move to MVH at that time, you can choose to remain on the list or ask to be removed if your circumstances have changed.

Is there a “priority” waitlist?

No - veterans always receive priority status on an MVH waitlist over non-veterans.  If your situation changes at any time, contact your community of choice to notify them of your change of status on the waitlist.

Do you accept Medicare?

Yes – Maine Veterans’ Homes accepts the same payment sources as other nursing homes, such as MaineCare, Medicare, private payment, and long-term care and other insurance.

Additionally, eligible nursing home veterans may receive a $109 per day stipend from the VA to help cover the cost of their care.  Residential care veterans may receive $47 a day to help with their cost of care. This benefit only applies to the veteran.

How do I pay for a short-term stay if I have had a three-day hospital stay?

Medicare requires a three-day hospitalization before paying for a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Once that requirement is met, you must then meet the clinical eligibility. The managed care program may also pay for a short stay after a three-day hospital stay. MVH will negotiate a daily rate for you when this happens.

How do I pay for residential care?

You can use MaineCare, long term care insurance or private funds.  Residential care veterans may receive $47 a day from the VA to help with their cost of care.

How can I get more information about Maine Veterans’ Homes?

If you’re ready to learn more about MVH, schedule your personalized tour today. You’ll get a firsthand look at the community of your choice and see why hundreds of veterans like you have chosen MVH.

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