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Geriatrics and Extended Care

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Geriatrics and Extended Care Services (GEC) is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of Veterans with multiple chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty or disability associated with chronic disease, aging or injury.

Shared Decision Making involves the Veteran, caregiver, social worker, and health care team.How to Choose

VHA encourages you to discuss your long term care options with others. This includes your family caregiver, medical provider and your social worker or care coordinator. Find out more.
What is Shared Decision Making?

Worksheets for Veterans and Caregivers

Veteran shared decision making worksheet

For Veterans
Shared Decision Making Worksheet
Helps you think about your long term care needs and preferences.

Veteran caregiver self-assessment worksheet

For Caregivers
Self-Assessment Worksheet
Helps you assess your caregiver role and responsibilities.

Videos about Shared Decision Making

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What is Shared Decision Making? - This animated video explains how patients can make a shared decision about their medical treatment.

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VHA Leadership Supports Shared Decision Making - Learn why VHA leaders are supporting shared decision making for choices about long term services and supports.

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Shared Decision Making in Rural Areas - Learn how social work is key to helping Veterans, their family and caregivers make decisions about long term services and supports.

Senior veteran looking thoughtfulYour Guide

The Guide to Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is your key to comprehensive information about services in VA and the larger community.

Home and community based services

Home and Community Based Services  including: Adult Day Health Care, Home Based Primary Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), Respite Care, Skilled Home Health Care, Telehealth Care, and Veteran Directed Care.

Community residential settings

Residential Settings including: Community Residential Settings, Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living and Medical Foster Homes.

Nursing homes for aging Veterans

Nursing Homes including: Community Living Centers, Community Nursing Homes and State Veterans Homes.

Paying for long term care for senior Veterans

How to Pay for Long Term Care including funding from: VA, Medicare, Medicaid, and personal funds and LTC insurance.

Locate Veteran geriatric and caregiver services and resources

Locate Services and Resources including: VA and other services, resources and other helpful websites for you and your caregiver.

Geriatric and extended care services for VeteransWhat We Do

Geriatrics and Extended Care Services (GEC) is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of Veterans with multiple chronic conditions, life-limiting illness, frailty or disability associated with chronic disease, aging or injury. Our programs maximize each Veteran’s functional independence and lessen the burden of disability on Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Find out more.

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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) attract scientists and health science students to the field of geriatrics to help increase the basic knowledge of aging, transmit this knowledge to health care providers, and improve the quality of care delivered to elders. Find out more.

Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team (Geri-PACT)

Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Team (Geri-PACT) offers enhanced ambulatory care expertise for managing community-dwelling Veterans whose healthcare needs are particularly challenging due to multiple chronic diseases, coexisting cognitive and functional decline as well as psychosocial factors. Find out more.

 

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