Long Term Care

Oregon Veterans’ Homes  The Oregon Veterans’ Home provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and memory-related, and rehabilitative care in an environment that understands the unique needs of the men and women who served our country in uniform. Care at the Oregon Veteran’s Home is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses and parents who had a child die while serving in the United States Armed Forces. To be eligible for this benefit, qualifying veterans must have served as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Federal VA) and received an honorable discharge from their branch of service.  Currently there is a Veterans’ Home in The Dalles and another under construction in Lebanon (anticipated opening in Fall 2014).
State Benefit.  Find out more about Oregon Veterans’ Homes.

Conservatorship The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Conservatorship Program serves veterans, their surviving spouses, minor children or helpless adult children of veterans, and dependent parents. Professional Trust Officers assist Oregon veterans manage their financial affairs and property while helping ease the burdens often associated with paying bills, collecting funds on debts owed to the veteran, corresponding with creditors, buying or selling real-estate, or other investments. Trust officers are experts in Oregon law, administrative rules and veterans law and regulation. Whenever possible they work closely with interested family members in planning for the welfare and best interest of the veteran, their spouse or dependent. A conservator gains possession of all income and assets and establishes a personal budget and pays for care, personal needs, dependent support, property maintenance, etc., according to that budget. A conservator applies for all benefits for which the protected person may be eligible and invests or otherwise conserves unused funds.  An accounting of financial activities is submitted to the court, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, protected persons and others as required by law.

For a person with a substantial amount of income, assets or property, who is unable to manage his or her finances well enough to provide adequate care themselves, a conservator may be needed. Causes may include mental illness or deficiency, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs or controlled substances, disappearance or confinement, chronic intoxication, and helpless or minor children. A petition asking for the appointment of a conservator may be submitted to a court by anyone interested in the estate, affairs or welfare of the person. This includes parents, guardian, custodians or any person who would be adversely affected by lack of effective management of the property or affairs. The court appoints a conservator and the order remains in effect until the person’s condition improves, majority is reached or until death.
State Benefit.  Contact ODVA at 503-373-2085 or read more online.

A geriatric evaluation is the comprehensive assessment of a veteran’s ability to care for him/herself, his/her physical health, and social environment, which leads to a plan of care. The plan could include treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion, and social services. These evaluations are performed by inpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Units, GEM clinics, geriatric primary care clinics, and other outpatient settings. 
Federal Benefit.
  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.

The adult day health care (ADHC) program is a therapeutic day care program, providing medical and rehabilitation services to disabled veterans in a combined setting.
Federal Benefit.  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.

Respite care provides supportive care to veterans on a short-term basis to give the caregiver a planned period of relief from the physical and emotional demands associated with providing care. Respite care can be provided in the home or other non-institutional settings.
Federal Benefit.  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.

Skilled home care is provided by VA and contract agencies to veterans that are homebound with chronic diseases and includes nursing, physical/occupational therapy, and social services.
Federal Benefit.  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.

Hospice and palliative care programs offer pain management, symptom control, and other medical services to terminally ill veterans or veterans in the late stages of the chronic disease process. Services also include respite care as well as bereavement counseling to family members.
Federal Benefit.  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.

Nursing Home Care  While some veterans qualify for indefinite nursing home care services, other veterans may qualify for a limited period of time. Among those that automatically qualify for indefinite nursing home care are veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care and veterans with a service-connected rating of 70% percent or more. Other veterans may be provided short-term nursing home care if space and resources are available.
Federal Benefit.  Contact your local VA Medical Center for details.