Moving from home to a nursing home is a life-changing experience. At the New Hampshire Veterans Home our admissions process focuses on making sure we are the right fit for your loved one.
The Application for Admission and discussions with our Admission Coordinators help determine a veteran's eligibility and whether or not we can meet their needs. The Application must be complete before it can be sent to the Admissions Committee. It is available above in PDF format or through the Admissions Office (603) 527-4400. If you have any questions about how to complete it, our Admission Coordinators are glad to help.
It's very important to plan ahead. The Admissions application is a long and complex process. We require multiple documents such as an original DD-214 or other military papers showing entry and discharge dates and type of discharge, medical/psychological records and test results for the past twelve months, copies of health insurance cards and advance directives, spouse information (marriage or death certificate, or divorce decree), copies of proof of financial assets and income for the past year, and more as described in the application. All financial forms are examined by our business office to make sure the applicant meets financial eligibility requirements.
When we accept someone, we become responsible for their care, so we are very careful to make sure our medical team has adequate information to determine eligibility. Typically a resident's medical records may be 3" high. Our medical director and psychiatrist review the records to assure that we have the resources to care for the applicant, and they will then make a recommendation for or against admission.
Before admission, each prospective resident and/or a family/guardian representative visits the Veterans Home and has a tour of the facilities. If the applicant is unable to visit the Home, one of our Admission Coordinators will visit him or her.
In situations when an applicant is incapable of making decisions and lacks a legal spokesperson or when there is family conflict, we may recommend that before an application is considered, a guardian be appointed by the courts in order to ensure the safety and best interests of the prospective resident.
Once an application is complete and has been thoroughly reviewed (medically, psychiatrically if need be, and financially), the Admissions Committee will discuss the information and make a decision regarding the application.
When an applicant is approved, the person is placed in a candidate "pool". Their admission date is determined by the availability of a bed in a unit that's appropriate for their condition and level of care.
The Admission Coordinator then begins the Care Planning process by obtaining medical orders from the applicant's primary care provider and giving them to our Medical Director who ensures that we have the appropriate medications and treatments available for that veteran when they arrive at the Home. The Admission Coordinator also prepares our staff to meet the new resident's nursing, psychosocial, dietary, physical therapy, medication, recreation, and other needs.
In order to encourage family involvement and provide support, each resident has a social worker who helps orient the family to the Veterans Home community. Support for families is ongoing at the Veterans Home. Care plan meetings - which include a family member or guardian - are held quarterly, or more often, as the resident's condition changes.
At the New Hampshire Veterans Home we recognize that our residents and families put their trust in us, so we are very conscientious about our admission process. We believe that the steps we take in the process help insure a better quality of life for all of our residents.
New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter Street
Tilton, NH 03276
Telephone: (603) 527-4400
Admissions fax: (603) 527-4850
Admissions e-mail: [email protected]
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New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter Street | Tilton, NH 03276-5415 |
(p) 603-527-4400 | (f) 603-527-4402