What Is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care refers to a comprehensive range of medical, personal, and social services coordinated to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of people who are chronically ill or disabled. A nursing home facility may be the best choice for people who require 24-hour medical care and supervision.

What Type of Care Do Nursing Homes Provide?

Nursing homes offer the most extensive care a person can get outside a hospital. Nursing homes offer help with custodial care -- like bathing, getting dressed, and eating -- as well as skilled care. Skilled nursing care is given by a registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments.

How Can I Find the Right Nursing Home?

Finding the right nursing home takes time. It is important to begin the search for a suitable nursing home well in advance of seeking admission to the facility. There are often long waiting periods for available accommodations. Planning ahead also can make the transition of moving into a nursing home much easier.

About Nursing Homes

A nursing home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, rest home or intermediate care provides a type of residential care. It is a place of residence for people who require continual nursing care and have significant difficulty coping with the required activities of daily living. Nursing aides and skilled nurses are usually available 24 hours a day.

Residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Residents in a skilled nursing facility may also receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. Some nursing homes assist people with special needs, such as Alzheimer patients.

Residents may have specific legal rights depending on the nation the facility is in.

Before the Industrial Revolution, elderly care was largely in the hands of the family who would support elderly relatives who could no longer do so themselves. Charitable institutions and parish poor relief were other sources of care.

Nursing homes offer the most extensive care a person can get outside a hospital. Nursing homes offer help with custodial care—like bathing, getting dressed, and eating—as well as skilled care given by a registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments. Skilled care also includes services provided by specially trained professionals, such as physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists

Features included

  • 3 Chef-prepared meals daily and restaurant style dining
  • Dynamic calendar of activities, outings and Watercrest Institute classes
  • Salon and Spa Services on-site
  • Coastal Living design complete with pool, verandas, and outdoor living spaces
  • Spacious apartments with washer, dryer, and kitchenettes
  • 24-hour licensed staffing and world class personal care
  • Wellness programs
  • Pet friendly environment
  • A state-of-the-art wireless resident call system
  • Medication management available
  • Preventative health screenings
  • High apartment ceilings and spa showers
  • Transportation services seven days per week
  • Housekeeping services
  • Maintenance services
  • Utilities and cable included
  • Move-in coordination
  • Respite stay accommodations

Serving Those Who Sacrificed––That is the motto and mission of the U.S. Senior Vets

in Health & Fitness
Created: 01 June 2016

Salt Lake City LIVING WELL Magazine

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a little known tax-free pension available to help qualified veterans and their spouses pay for home health care, assisted living or nursing home care.

Last year an estimated 1.9 million veterans qualified but did not know about the available benefits and/or did not know how to file a well-documented claim. With 60% of the seniors in the United States being veterans or spouses of veterans, this pension can be a lifeline to allow them to age with dignity and peace of mind, all the while affording them to receive the care they need and deserve.

That is why we are here to help. Our team approach gives veterans, surviving spouses and their families the utmost support through the process to secure a seamless transition onto the pension program. We strive to educate and provide guidance in understanding the Non-Service Connected Disability Pension with Aid & Attendance. To ensure success, the USSV Volunteer Veteran Advocate team provides education through what can often be a complex and confusing experience. As a non-profit organization, we rely on and work with an alliance of elder law attorneys, CPAs, financial professionals, gerontologists, retired military personnel and other professionals serving seniors in their communities.


What does this mean to you?

  • Access of your benefits though this system provides you with needed care. With a pension in hand, you are able to afford the care you need.
  • Like Social Security, this pension is dependable and is paid directly to you by the U.S. Treasury.
  • You never have to pay it back; it is completely tax-free and can increase the annual based on the cost of living.

Eligibility Requirements

There are five criteria that must be met to qualify for Aid & Attendance benefits:

Age / Unemployable

Veteran must be over the age of 65 and/or unemployable

Un-remarried surviving spouse has no age requirement. (A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran for at least one year, never divorced and has never remarried).

Qualifying Military Service

Must have an honorable or general discharge (any discharge other than dishonorable).

Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during an official period of conflict

Official Periods of Conflict

WWI      04/06/1916  – 11/11/1918

WWII     12/07/1941  – 12/31/1946

Korea     06/27/1950  – 01/31/1955

Vietnam  08/05/1964  – 05/07/1975

Gulf War 08/02/1990  – Date TBD

Medical Necessity

Must have a medical condition or medical necessity requiring the applicant to live in an assisted or protected environment

Doctor is able to document this need with a VA Physicians Report

Cost of Care and Monthly Income

The VA has an income test, certain medical expenses can be deducted from income to help qualify. Your Senior Veterans Advocate or U.S.S.V. can review allowable deductions

Net Worth and Liquid Assets

The VA’s asset and net worth limit can vary depending on many factors like life expectancy, medical expenses etc. Please consult a Senior Veterans Advocate or U.S.S.V. for a personal assessment.

If you qualify, now what?

Access of your benefits through this system provides you with access to care. With a pension in hand, you are able to afford access to the care you or your loved one needs. Secondly, you have a choice. You have the power to select the services you need as well as the provider that meets those needs. Thirdly, the pension is dependable. Like Social Security, the pension will always be there for qualified beneficiaries and is paid directly to you by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It is time to prepare you, protect your assets and preserve your hard earned dollars so it will be there for your and your spouse’s lifetimes.

Our team of professionals is here to guide you through what can often be a complex and confusing process. We understand the “winding road” of the process and can help ensure that you have satisfied all of the VA’s qualifying criteria.

"Remember, there is never a fee to sit down and have a discussion about your plan."