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The Admission Process

Click here to open/ download a copy of our Admissions Packet pdf file

Moving to a nursing home is a life-changing experience. Our admissions process focuses on making sure the New Hampshire Veterans Home is the right fit for you or your loved one.

The Application for Admission is a long and complex proces that's vital in making the initial determinations of a veteran's eligibility and whether or not the Home can meet their needs. So it's very important to plan ahead.

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The application requires multiple supporting documents such as a 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 (such as marriage or death certificate or divorce decree), copies of proof of financial assets and income for the past year, and additional items as described in the application. All financial forms are examined by our business office to make sure the applicant meets financial eligibility requirements.

Applicants' are also required to provide full medical records, which are reviewed by our medical director and psychiatrist to determine if the Home has the resources to care for the applicant. Medical staff then makes a recommendation for or against admission.

As part of the process, each prospective resident and/or a family/guardian representative is scheduled for a visit to the Veterans Home and a tour of the facilities. If the applicant is unable to visit the Home, an Admission Coordinator will visit them.

Once an application is complete and has been thoroughly reviewed the Admissions Committee will discuss the information and make a decision.

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.

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 required 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.

The Admissions packet is available for download in PDF format on this page, 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.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section, have a look at our Resident Handbook pdf file, or contact us at:

New Hampshire Veterans Home
Admission Coordinators
139 Winter Street
Tilton, NH 03276
Telephone: (603) 527-4400
Admissions fax: (603) 266-1266
Admissions e-mail:

Click here to open/ download a copy of our Admissions Packet pdf file

The Admissions Packet includes: Admissions Application and Instructions, Agreement for Expenses not covered by Medicare, and Notice of Privacy Practices

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New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter Street  |  Tilton, NH 03276-5415  |  
(p) 603-527-4400  |  (f) 603-286-4242