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Welcome to the Veterans Homes of California

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) offers long-term care to California veterans who are aged or
disabled and, under certain circumstances, to spouses and domestic partners of veterans. These services are provided
at eight Veterans Homes throughout the state, as far north as Redding and as far south as Chula Vista. CalVet’s oldest
home, built in 1884, is in Yountville in the Napa Valley. Its newest homes opened in 2013 in Fresno and Redding.

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With highly skilled and dedicated leadership and staff, these Veterans Homes provide premier care, a compassionate
and close-knit atmosphere, activities and amenities that enhance residents’ quality of life, and home-like environments.
They range in size from 60 beds to nearly 1,000 beds. System-wide, the Homes offer four levels of care (although not all
levels are offered at all Homes):

  • Domiciliary – This independent living setting is for residents able to perform activities of daily living with, at
    most, minimal assistance. Non-nursing employees provide limited supervision.
  • Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) – Also commonly referred to Assisted Living, Residential Care
    Facilities for the Elderly are available for residents who require minimal assistance and supervision with some
    activities of daily living.
  • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) – Residents in this care level often require licensed nursing assistance with
    medications and treatments, and generally require unlicensed nursing assistance with several daily living
    activities. Residents have access to all medical services provided by CalVet.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) – Skilled nursing care provides 24-hour services of licensed nurses and certified nursing
    assistants. It is more comprehensive than intermediate care. Skilled nursing residents have greater access to
    rehabilitation therapies, nursing care, pharmacy management, structured activities, and clinical dietary services.

*Some Homes also offer a Skilled Nursing Memory Care program that is specialized for those with symptoms of
confusion, memory loss, difficulty making decisions, solving problems or participating in conversations.

​The application to a CalVet Veterans Home contains three sections, Sections A, B, and C. The applicant (or applicant's representative) completes Sections A and B; Section C is completed by the applicant's physician.

CalVet estimates it will take an applicant approximately 30 minutes to complete Sections A and B of the application, although this may vary based on individual information or practices. Efficiencies can be achieved by having all documentation readily available before beginning the process.

Advantages of submitting an application online:

  • The online webpage and portal utilized for submission also contains information about numerous other CalVet programs and benefits for veterans. CalVet strongly encourages veterans to view these programs and is happy to assist with pursuit of these opportunities.
  • An applicant can start, stop, and save work online during the application process prior to submitting.
  • The security and privacy of your data is our top priority and CalVet is committed to comply with the requirements of the Federal HIPAA Privacy, Security Regulations, and the State of California Information Practices Act.
  • Once begun, an applicant can log in to view application status updates, such as "In Progress," "Submitted," "Received," "Pending Documentation," "Complete," or "Accepted/Denied."

Advantages of completing and mailing a printed application:

  • This may be easiest or most convenient for those without regular computer access

Once an application is submitted online or by mail, each applicant will be provided an account and an opportunity to view application status or placement on a waiting list, if applicable.

​Individuals interested in becoming members of one of CalVet’s Veterans Home communities often begin the
process with an inquiry to one of the Homes or CalVet’s Headquarters in Sacramento, or by reviewing information
on our website. Those who meet the statutorily defined eligibility requirements (which are discussed in more detail
in the next section) are invited to submit an application to one of our Homes. This application may be transferred to
a different Veterans Home later, if the applicant decides another Home may be a better fit. The application, which is
available online, includes a section which must be completed by the applicant’s physician and documentation such
as a DD-214, acceptable proof of California residency, and other items (see a checklist of required documents
provided as part of the application).

Once this information is processed, the applicant will be contacted by the Veterans Home he or she has selected to
discuss any remaining documentation needs, explain the remainder of the process, and schedule a pre-admission
clinical evaluation (known as a pre-admission assessment, PAA) to identify the most appropriate level of care.

Often, applicants must be placed on a waiting list for admission to the Homes, although some levels of care in
some Homes require little or no wait. CalVet’s admission staff in the Homes and at Headquarters are happy to work
with applicants to identify a Veterans Home that best meets their timing and care needs.

​The Veterans Homes operate in accordance with numerous laws and regulations related to admissions, licensing and certification, and operation as a California state agency. For admissions, the rules and requirements are defined most notably in the California Military and Veterans Code and CalVet’s own sections of the California Code of Regulations. Eligibility for admission to the Veterans Homes is defined through the following:

Military and Veterans Code Section 1012, which states:

(a) Except as provided in Section 1012.4, veterans’ homes are for aged or disabled persons who served in the
Armed Forces of the United States of America who were discharged or released from active duty under conditions
other than dishonorable, who are eligible for health care benefits, hospitalization or domiciliary care in a veterans’
facility in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and who
are bona fide residents of this state at the time of application; and for the spouses or domestic partners of these
persons if all of the following conditions, as are applicable, are satisfied:
(1) Space is available.

(2) Joint residency will be in the best interests of the home member, as determined by the administrator.

(3) The spouse or domestic partner is a bona fide resident of this state at the time of application for
admission to the home and either is married to, and has resided with, the veteran applicant for at
least one year, or is the widow or widower of a recipient of the Medal of Honor or a former prisoner of
war (POW).

(4) The home member and spouse or domestic partner agree to pay the fees and charges for joint
residency, or for a widow or widower, for the residency, that the department may establish.

(b) (1) Veterans who qualify for benefits under this chapter due to service during a time of war shall be given priority over veterans who qualify due to service during a time of peace.
     (2) Veterans who qualify for benefits under this chapter who are recipients of the Medal of Honor or who were
prisoners of war (POWs) shall be given priority over all other qualified veterans, regardless of the level of
care required.
     (3) Veterans who qualify for benefits under this chapter who have been rated by the United States Department
of Veterans Affairs as being 70 percent or greater service-connected disabled may be given priority over
other veterans.
     (4) The secretary may establish needs-based criteria for admission to the homes, and any veteran meeting
those criteria may be given priority over veterans who do not qualify for prioritization under paragraph
     (2) or (3) and can afford to provide for their own care elsewhere.
     (5) Paragraphs (3) and (4) shall not apply to veterans who, as of January 1, 2018, are on a wait list awaiting
admission to a veterans’ home.
(c) A member spouse or domestic partner may continue residence after the veteran’s death so long as
they continue to pay all applicable fees.

(d) The property of the home shall be used for this purpose.

Additional details of these requirements are defined in the following sections of the California Code of Regulations
Title 12, Division 2, Chapter 4, Subchapter 1:

Section 505, Veterans Home Admission
Section 505.2, Eligibility Determination.
Section 505.3, Priorities for Admissions.
Section 505.4. Pre-Admission Evaluation.
Section 505.6. Release of Patient Information.
Section 505.11 Rights to Appeal.
Section 505.12 Waiting Lists for Admission.

Once the Veterans Home receives a completed application and sufficient clinical evaluation is complete, an applicant may be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists are maintained at each Home, for each level of care. Applicants may switch their application from one Home to another, if the anticipated wait time for admission may be shorter; this application transfer shall begin with a conversation between the applicant and the originally selected Home or a member of the Headquarters admission staff.

The CalVet staff addressing the transfer request may provide other direction or guidance to the applicant in order to complete the shift of the application. Additional medical information or an additional clinical review may be necessary in order for the newly selected Home to process the application and adequately identify the appropriate level of care.

Some waiting lists for some Homes or levels of care may be extensive, translating into several weeks, months, or even years of wait time for applicants. CalVet regrets the hardship this reality may present to our applicants, but like all organizations, we operate within finite resources. Additionally, it is possible for an applicant to move down a waiting list, rather than up. State law prescribes certain prioritization guidelines for applications. Certain applicants who meet these factors may be prioritized ahead of others, even when others applied before they did. As time and resources allow, our staff are happy to assist applicants who are unable to endure lengthy wait times with identifying alternate avenues to meet their needs.

The following table represents CalVet’s estimates for average waiting times for admission, by Veterans Home and by level of care. Please note waiting times are approximate. Many factors influence the amount of time applicants spend on a waiting list. CalVet officials derive these estimates through regular assessments, but many variables exist. To discuss specific elements of an individual applicant’s projected wait time, please contact a Home’s admissions office.

Average Waiting Times - All Homes

Veteran Homes Domiciliary ​RCFE ​ICF ​SNF SNF/MC
Yountville​1 Year1 Year​1 Year5+ Years​​5+ Years
​Barstow ​No Waiting​-​No Waiting3.5 Years​​-
​Chula Vista ​1.5 - 2 Years​5 Months​-19 Months​​-
​Lancaster ​-​No Waiting​-​-​-
Ventura​-​No Waiting​-​-​-
West L.A.​-8-12 Months​​-8 Months​24 Months
​Fresno ​-​3-6 Months​-4-5 Years​4-5 Years​
​Redding ​-​1-2 Years​-4-6 Years​4-6 Years​
​ ​ ​ ​ ​- Indicates a level of care is not offered at this Veteran's Home

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