Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system.
The mission of the VA Community Living Centers Program (formerly known as VA Nursing Home Care Units) is to provide compassionate care to eligible veterans with sufficient functional impairment to require the level of service and skill available in VA Community Living Centers (VACLC). Veterans with chronic stable conditions including dementia, those requiring rehabilitation or short term specialized services such as respite or intravenous therapy, or those who need comfort and care at the end of life are served in the VA Community Living Centers.
Target Length of Stay (LOS) – 90 days or less, except for ventilator patients.
Provides care to long term Dementia II patients who are ambulatory and require a structured environment. (30 beds)
Provides care to long term patients with psychiatric diagnoses who are ambulatory and require a structured environment. (30 beds)
Provides short-term Rehabilitation care to medically and psychiatric stable patients who may have recently suffered a stroke, myocardial
infarct, amputation, orthopedic procedures and deconditioning. (30 beds)
Target Length of stay less than 6 months for hospice patients. Palliative care length of stay is dependent on veteran’s illness.
Provides long-term care to veterans who are unable to live in the community because of long-term skilled nursing needed for medical co-morbidities. (60 beds)
Provides long-term care to veterans who are unable to live in the community because of long-term skilled nursing needs. Veterans may required a secure unit or require skilled managed care. (41 beds)
Serves as a referral center for VISN 9 long-term patients that require psychiatric care. Each VISN facility has two beds designated for veterans in their catchment area. (12 beds)