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Information About Veteran Eldercare

Searching out eldercare options can be a difficult task. Not only do you have to find a facility that meets your budget, you also need to find a place that offers many types of services you might need. This might include help with daily grooming chores and medication, as well as laundry services, meals and housekeeping. The process becomes a bit more difficult if you are seeking out a care home for veterans. It is important that you know a little bit about veterans' care homes and the process of finding a room or residence at one of the facilities.

There are more than 130 veterans' homes located throughout the United States. Eight of these homes are located in California, and while it might seem enough homes, the need is far greater than the availability, and many people are placed on wait lists for months or years. In Southern California, there are homes in Barstow, Lancaster, Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Ventura. There are also homes in Fresno, Yountville and Redding.

The ease of finding a spot varies upon the level of care that is needed. Residents of the homes are placed in three different levels. Some residents do not need any assistance and simply are looking for a place to live. Meal service and some other amenities are offered at this level of care. Assisted living also is available for veterans who don't need constant medical care but do need help with daily tasks such as grooming, dressing and ensuring that medicines are taken on time or perhaps they have some minor difficulties with memory. Nursing home-type care is the third level, and generally it is easier to be placed in a home when you need constant skilled nursing because your need is simply greater than that of other veterans.

In order to find a spot at a veteran's home, one must first meet certain criteria and also fill out an extensive application. The first requirements mandate that you must be at least 55 or have a disability and, of course, you must have served in the military and received an honorable discharge. If you wish to live in a facility in California, you must be a resident of the state. You also must be enrolled in a health plan that covers long-term care such as Medicare, Medi-Cal, private insurance or another type of insurance program that meets the government criteria.

The application is about 12 pages long and has three different sections. The first two are filled out the person applying for the veteran's facility. If the person is not able to complete the forms, a representative can fill out these forms. Section A is where you will put basic information about yourself including your personal information, your marital status, medical information, information about your military service and whether or not you have a criminal record. Section B is simply a form that allows the release of your medical records. Section C must be filled out by your doctor and contains a host of information about any medicines you take, what allergies you might have and what ailments you have as well as your ability to care for yourself independently.

If the whole process seems a bit too daunting, then consider contacting a representative at or another type of eldercare placement firm. The staff at and other similar companies is trained to match an individual to the most ideal facility for them. They also can be quite helpful when searching for a veteran's home and dealing with the Veteran's Administration, which can be quite frustrating.

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