State Veterans Homes – Geriatrics and Extended Care
State Veterans Homes
What is a state veterans home?
State veterans’ homes are establishments that provide day care in retirement homes, homes or adults. They are owned, operated and managed by state governments. They date back to the post-Civil War era, when many states created them to provide shelter for homeless and disabled veterans.
To participate in the State Veterans Home program, the VA must officially recognize and certify a facility as a State Veterans Home. VA then inspects all facilities annually to ensure they continue to meet VA standards.
VA does not manage the state veterans’ homes.
Am I eligible for a State Veterans Home?
Your eligibility for State Veterans Homes is based on clinical needs and the availability of the setting.
Each state establishes eligibility and admission criteria for its homes.
Some state veterans’ homes may admit non-veteran spouses and Gold Star parents, while others may admit only veterans.
A recognized home for veterans in the state may receive VA payments to help defray the cost of care provided to veterans. The cost to you varies by state. VA does not pay for care for non-veterans.
Speak with a VA social worker about the eligibility requirements for state veterans homes near you and to determine a payment plan for state veteran home care services.
Find out more by visiting the Pay for long-term care section of this website.
What services can I get?
Each state veterans home provides nursing home, home or day care for adults. The National Veterans Home may also provide more than one of these services.
State Veterans Homes are located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Some states have more than one state veterans home. For a list of locations, visit https://www.nasvh.org/state-homes/statedir.cfm.
How do I decide if a State Veterans Home is right for me?
Thinking about moving into a state veterans’ home is an important decision for you and your family.
You can use a Home or Community Care Veterans Decision Support Tool to help you determine which home care or long-term care services might best meet your current or future needs.
There is also a caregiver self-assessment. This can help your caregiver identify their own needs and decide what support they can offer you. Having this information from your caregiver, along with the involvement of your healthcare team and social worker, will help you make short- and long-term care decisions.
Request these resources from your social worker or download copies from the Making Decisions page at www.va.gov/Geriatrics.
If a state veterans home is right for you, your VA social worker can help you find one and make arrangements.