Q&A: The Waitlist at Maine Veterans’ Homes

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: August 20, 2018
Category: Eligibility and Benefits

Perhaps you or a loved one are eligible for care at Maine Veterans’ Homes, but when you submit your application there isn’t a bed available.

If this happens, you can choose to be put on our waitlist. We recommend you choose to be put on the waitlist, whether you’re ready for care or not. Learn more about the process below.

MVH Waiting List Q&A

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions we get about our waiting list at Maine Veterans’ Homes. From “priority” waitlists to the “right” waitlist to how long the list is, here’s the answers to some of our most common FAQs. If we haven’t answered your question, feel free to contact us, and our admissions team can help you through the process!

Q. What is the right Maine Veterans’ Homes waitlist for me?

  1. There are separate waiting lists for the different services at Maine Veterans' Homes. Waitlists also vary by location. If your desired level of care changes, you can request to be moved from one waitlist to another.

Q. What if I don’t know what waiting list I should be on?

  1. That’s OK! When you submit your application, our admissions team can help determine which waitlist you would qualify for. You’ll also have a medical determination assessment that is required by the state. During this assessment, a nurse will determine what level of care you need.

Q. If I’m moved to a new waitlist, am I moved to the bottom of the list?

  1. If you are switched to a new list, your submission isn’t moved to the bottom of the list just because you were moved. Everything is done by your application date.

Q. How long is the waiting list?

  1. Availability is unpredictable and varies among our six locations. An estimated wait time may be supplied to you 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. That way, once you’re on the waitlist, we will stay in touch with you about your care and our availability.

Q. How can I find out where I am on the waiting list?

  1. Even if you’re not ready for care at Maine Veterans’ Homes but you have already applied, we’ll still be sure to stay in touch. You can contact us anytime to find out where you are on the waitlist.

Q. What if I am not able to move when my place on the waiting list is called?

  1. When a vacancy occurs, our admission team contacts individuals on the waitlist. If at the time of the notification you decline the offer to move, you can remain on the list or be removed if your circumstances have changed.

    If we call, and you’re not ready, we’ll just move on to the next veteran. Rest assured, your name will not move to the bottom of the list -- we’ll just call you again the next time a spot opens up!

Q. What factors can influence my waiting list position?

  1. There are a variety of factors that can influence your spot on the waitlist. Some of these include the following: If you are an honorably discharged veteran, if you have a payment source in place, if you have a serious medical condition or if you are coming to MVH from a previous hospitalization for skilled rehabilitation.

    When you apply for care at Maine Veterans’ Homes, we will ask if you are ready now or if you are looking for future care, so that can also determine your spot on the list. Other factors could be roommate compatibility or if you are deemed appropriate for care at Maine Veterans’ Homes.

Q. Is there a “priority” waiting list?

  1. Veterans receive priority status on a Maine Veterans’ Homes waitlist over non-veterans, such as spouses and Gold Star parents. If you have a serious medical condition, you may also be given priority.

Q. Do I need a copy of my military discharge papers?

A. We'll need a copy of your DD Form 214 (DD-214) for admission, but don't worry if you don't have a copy yet. We can work with you throughout the application process to help you request your forms.

Learn more about the DD Form 214.

Q. What should I do if my situation changes?

  1. If your situation changes at any time, call your Maine Veterans’ Home of choice to notify them of your change of status on the waitlist, and our admissions team will work with you.

Q. Can payment source affect my position on the waiting list?

  1. When you are ready for care at Maine Veterans’ Homes, it's helpful to have a payment source in place. MVH accepts MaineCare, long term care insurance and private funds. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, also pays the full cost of care for qualifying severely disabled veterans (70 percent or more disability rating).

    However, if you know you will need financial assistance, it’s best to have your MaineCare application filled out and have the documentation available when you are contacted. If you don’t have your MaineCare documentation in place but you have the money to pay for your initial care -- which could be up to 45 days -- you can come in under private pay. Then when your MaineCare application is processed, MaineCare will reimburse your payment.

Related: How much with the VA pay for my nursing home care?

Q. How do I know if MaineCare will pay for my loved one’s care?

The level of care assessment will determine if your loved one is eligible for nursing home care, residential care or neither. If you’re applying for MaineCare, MaineCare will cover nursing home care if your loved one is determined to be eligible for skilled nursing.

If your loved one is residential care eligible, MaineCare will not pay for nursing home care; they will only pay for residential care. If you have additional questions about the assessment or about paying for your care, contact our admissions team.

Every veteran is unique; so is their care

It’s important to remember every veteran is unique, so the admissions process can be different for everyone. Whether you are looking for short term rehabilitation or long term care, if you are thinking about care at Maine Veterans’ Homes, it’s best to get your application in as soon as possible … Even if you aren’t ready for care today.

Learn more about our eligibility requirements and get your application started today with our free guide.

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