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​Located in the high desert of Southern California, off interstate 15, VHC-Barstow is midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and only about an hour's drive from Ontario Airport.

Opened February 1996 VHC-Barstow has 220 beds, providing options for Domiciliary (Independent Living), Intermediate Care, and Skilled Nursing Care. Acute hospital care is provided at either the Jerry L Pettis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Loma Linda for those veterans eligible for VA care or at the Barstow Community Hospital. Primary medical care is provided to domiciliary residents at the on-site clinic. For Intermediate care residents, contract physicians who visit the home regularly provide this care.

The veterans home provides California veterans with a living environment that protects their dignity and contributes to their feeling of self-reliance and self-worth. Nearby Barstow College offers many cultural and educational opportunities for Home residents to enjoy.

Veterans desiring to be considered for membership must be residents of California, age 55 or older (or younger if disabled), and have served honorably. 



  • All meals provided: Three meals a day and between-meal snacks
  • Residential Care Coordinator on staff
  • Professional dietary consultant on staff
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Linen and laundry services
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Full time Activity Coordinator for on-site and off-site activities

Common Area Amenities:

  • Dining room and social areas
  • Laundry rooms
  • Mail-delivery area

Personal Care and Support:

  • 24-hour personal assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming as needed
  • Medication management
  • Bedside care and tray service for minor, temporary illness or recovery from surgery
  • Maintenance or supervision of resident cash resources​

Basic Admission Requirements

Veterans who are age 55 and above are eligible to apply for admission. The age requirement is waived for disabled or homeless veterans needing long-term care. You must also meet the following requirements:

  1. Served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, for other than training purposes, during wartime or peacetime.
  2. Provide proof of military service by submitting a DD 214, or obtaining proof through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA).
  3. Discharged or released from active duty honorably or under honorable conditions.
  4. California resident at the time of application for admission.
    Note: Medal of Honor recipients, Ex-POW's and wartime veterans are given priority for admission over peacetime veterans.

Additional Requirements, Applicants must:

  1. Test negative for Tuberculosis (TB).
  2. Not require more care and supervision than provided at the Veterans Home of choice.
  3. Not require acute hospitalization at the time of application.
  4. Not have a primary need for acute psychiatric care.
  5. Not have a past history of violence, mental illness, or a criminal record that would create a risk to yourself or other residents of the Veterans Home of California.
  6. Not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.
  7. Be enrolled in a qualified federal, state, or private health insurance plan, or have an application for such a plan pending.

Health Service Plan Requirements

Effective February 26, 2009, Department regulations, in compliance with the CalVet Board policy C-12, will require applicants to the Veterans Homes of California to participate in a qualified health service plan that provides access to preventive, acute and long-term health care services in the geographical area of the Home for which admission is sought or have an application pending for such coverage as a condition of admission.

The regulation states: "e) Before a veteran applicant may be admitted to the Home, he or she must be participating in a qualified federal, state or private health service plan, a United States Department of Veterans Affairs medical program, or have an application pending for such coverage. A non-veteran applicant must be participating in a qualified federal, state, or private health service plan to be admitted to the Home. For purposes of this regulation, a qualified federal, state, or private health service plan means one that provides access to preventive (ambulatory care), acute and long-term health care services in the geographical area of the Home for which admission is sought."


Home Administrator

Veterans Home of California, Barstow
100 East Veterans Parkway
Barstow, CA 92311

General Information:

Toll Free: 800-746-0606

Local: 760-252-6200

Admissions Office:


Admissions Office Fax:




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