Geriatrics and Extended Care - Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
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Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

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Geriatrics and Extended Care

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System GEC offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended health care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. This spectrum includes both inpatient and outpatient services.

Inpatient Programs

TVHS has six GEC wards with 240 beds. Each ward focuses on a specific patient care need and medically evaluates veterans for admission based on the programs provided. Admission priority is provided to veterans identified in the VA mandated care category for the longer-stay programs. Admissions to the shorter-stay programs respite, rehabilitation, and hospice are based on clinical needs. Inpatients Services provided —

  • Long-stay skilled nursing care
  • Long-stay dementia care
  • Long-stay psychiatric or chronically mentally ill
  • Long-stay maintenance care
  • Short-stay Rehabilitation
  • Short-stay skilled care
  • Hospice or palliative care
  • Inpatient Respite services

Outpatient Programs

TVHS has several outpatient programs for the geriatric patients. These programs are available to veterans enrolled for care at TVHS who meet the medical criteria of the outpatient program. For most outpatient programs medical criteria is based on a veterans inability to live independently. Programs provided are —

  • Contract Home Health Care
  • Contract Adult Day Health Care
  • Community Residential Care
  • Contact Respite Care
  • Home Hospice Care
  • Care Coordination
  • Geriatric Primary Care Clinic

Community Living Centers (CLC)

VA TVHS offers compassionate care to eligible 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.

Contract Nursing Home Program (CNH)

Veterans, who are eligible based on their service-connected disability, may be placed in community nursing homes at VA expense.

Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Centers (GRECC)

These centers increase the basic knowledge of aging for health care providers and improve the quality of care through the development of improved models of clinical services. The TVHS GRECC provides educational and program development support to the GEC.

Contact Info


  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-876-7093

Hours of Operation

  • M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.