Do Veterans Get Free Nursing Home Care?

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: October 11, 2017
Category: Eligibility and Benefits

We wish we could say, “yes, all veterans receive free nursing home care!”

However, while this is unfortunately not the case in our current healthcare system, veterans can receive additional benefits and stipends for nursing home care. Also, they have access to nursing homes established just for veterans and the specialized care they may need.

Veteran Benefits and Stipends for Long-Term Care

Throughout the United States, there is at least one veteran nursing home in every state. The levels of care and eligibility vary from nursing home to nursing home.

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we are a not-for-profit organization separate from the VA. We have six nursing homes throughout Maine that provide long-term nursing care, dementia/memory care, short-term skilled care and rehabilitation, and therapy services. At each of our facilities, 75 percent of our occupancy is reserved solely for veterans and the remainder are their eligible family members or gold star parents.

Like other long-term care providers, MVH does accept Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.

We also have a daily stipend available to eligible veterans aside from the VA benefits they may receive to help cover the costs of care.

What Will a Nursing Home Cost My Veteran Parent?

“It’s not a simple answer,” points out Deb Fournier, Chief Operations Officer at Maine Veterans’ Homes.

It’s complex based on the specific medical condition, financial circumstance, insurance and other factors of the veteran.

“That’s why it’s really pertinent to talk with a benefits representative early on,” Fournier advises. “They can help you determine eligibility and what benefits are available for your parent.”

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, our benefits and admissions representatives have knowledge and experience working with veterans and veterans’ organizations. They can guide you through the process of benefits paperwork, applications and eligibility.

To get started, we recommend you have a copy of your parent’s military discharge paperwork (DD Form 214) and inform his or her primary care provider of the intent to use Maine Veterans’ Homes. Even if your parent never needs our services, it is always advisable to have paperwork complete and a plan in place for the future.

Also, several of our locations already have wait lists. Learn how to join our wait list to ensure your parent gains the care and benefits he or she deserves.

Why Choose a Veteran Nursing Home?

At Maine Veterans’ Homes, we are different from other long-term care centers that may have veterans in residence. We were created to care exclusively for veterans and eligible family members.

This means our staff are trained specifically to care for veterans and their unique needs. Our activities are geared toward specific interests. And most importantly, residents gain the companionship of fellow comrades.

We are proud that many of our staff members have also served and share the same values as our residents. They understand the stories and memories they have. We’re trained to not only look after the health and physical well-being of our residents, but to provide for their emotional needs, as well.

Find out more about your MVH and VA benefits here.

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.