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For direct online access to VA benefits and resources, create an account here.

It’s estimated that about 70% of Americans over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care in their lives, and the number is even greater when it comes to the military community. However, the cost of a nursing home (or a similar assisted living facility) can run into the hundreds of dollars of day — and that’s being conservative.

Thankfully, the Department of Veterans Affairs can help — at their own facilities as well as homes and centers they’ve inspected and approved. Specifically, with the following:

24/7 nursing and medical care

Physical therapy

Help with stuff like bathing, dressing, making meals, and taking medicine

Help with managing pain

Support with caregivers

You may apply here.

To check on an existing disability claim or pension claim — click here.

The approval process hinges on a number of different factors, including the presence of a service-connected disability, the location of the facility as well as insurance coverage.

Not all care is covered under the VA. That which isn’t may be covered with a copay, or through other programs, like Medicare or Medicaid.

To learn more about long-term care and assisted living — including nursing homes and homebound — click here.