What Questions Should You Ask When Choosing A Senior Living Community?

Whether for yourself or a loved one, choosing the right senior living community is a big decision and will likely require you to ask a number of key questions to determine which home is the best fit for your needs. To help you identify and provide answers to these questions, Maine Veterans’ Homes has put together a guide for you to follow.

How Will I Pay For Care?

Can I afford it? That question is often a common concern for our Veterans and their MVH Veteran Residentfamilies. At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we have experience working with Veterans, Veterans’ organizations and state and federal agencies. While gaining Veteran health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is separate from gaining eligibility for services at Maine Veterans’ Homes, we will assist you in the benefits process as much as possible.

Applications will also be reviewed for Medicare skilled eligibility, using the criteria established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Residents not eligible for the Skilled Medicare Benefit will receive a Notice of Non-Coverage.

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When Can I Move In?

The availability we have at each of our Homes varies and so your ability to move in isDen in Home dependent on the level of care you are looking for as well as which Home you are interested in moving in to. For current availability, you should contact the admissions coordinator at the Home of your choice. If there isn’t space available, they can discuss with you different options including being placed on our waiting list.    

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How Do I Get My DD-214?

When applying for admission to Maine Veterans’ Homes or for other Veteran service-connected benefits, you’ll likely need a copy of your military discharge paperwork.

Before January 1, 1950, the form went by a few other names, including WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD and the NAVCG 553.

Among other things, the report includes the following information:

  • Date and place of entry into active duty
  • Date and place of release from active duty
  • Last assignment duty and rank
  • Military education

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Am I Eligible for Veteran Benefits?

Funding assistance is available for eligible Veterans and our admissions coordinators Veteran Having Ice Creamcan assist you in applying for assistance. Other details you should be aware of:

Aid and Attendance: Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a pension can receive this benefit. Aid and Attendance is an additional monetary payment to a monthly pension.

Daily Stipend: Veterans may be eligible to receive a daily stipend from the VA toward room and board at Maine Veterans’ Homes. 

Provider Agreement: Veterans who have a 70 percent or higher service-connected disability rating by the VA can have their care fully covered by the VA. This program applies to a nursing home level of care in a state Veterans home. Maine Veterans’ Homes submits the stipend application automatically for eligible Veterans.

Do Staff Help Residents with Medication, Meals, etc.?

When a resident is admitted to the Maine Veterans’ Homes an individualized care plan is created for them. Care plans are also frequently updated and assure that each resident is given the personalized care they need.   

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What Services Do You Offer?

All six Maine Veterans’ Homes locations offer therapy after a hospital stay to get you strong enough to go home; we offer speech therapies after a stroke; and more regular services depending on your loved one’s needs. 

We also offer a number of other services:

Veteran Services Table

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Is There a Secure Memory Unit?

Our Homes offer highly secured living and recreational areas for your loved one with dementia. Protocols are in place that prevent a resident from wandering outside the home and our sophisticated surveillance systems ensure the highest level of safety.

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What Activities Are Offered?

Our residents get to do the things they enjoyed before becoming residents at Maine Veteran FishingVeterans’ Homes – fishing, shows, dinners out – and they often discover new passions.

Our Activities Departments bring entertainment into the Homes and residents enjoy activities out in their communities as well.

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About Maine Veterans’ Homes

With six locations throughout the state, Maine Veterans’ Homes offers different geographic options that all include a variety of services that can be catered to you or your loved one’s needs. Download our free Guide to Choosing a Senior Living Community >>>

Guide: Choosing a Senior Living Community