Applicants may be peacetime or wartime veterans and spouses of eligible veterans, with wartime veterans retaining priority admission status. Applicants must have been discharged honorably (under "other than dishonorable" conditions) and be a bona fide resident of the state of Idaho. In addition, applicants must be unemployable as a result of age, illness, or disability. Effective July 1, 2000, applicants must apply for and become eligible for Medicaid benefits or must pay the established maximum monthly nursing care charge. All Idaho State Veterans Homes are Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities. To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants may be peacetime or wartime veterans, and their spouses, with wartime veterans receiving priority admission status. The total service time must be at least 90 days, with an honorable discharge. A copy of the Veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214) must be provided with the application. If the discharge papers are unavailable, a copy can be requested through the Department of Veterans Affairs. We will assist with the request.
- Applicants must be a resident of the State of Idaho at the time of application.
- Applicants must apply for (or already be in receipt of) a VA pension, and Aid and Attendance. We will assist with the pension application
- Applicants must either be eligible and apply for Medicaid benefits, or pay the current maximum monthly charge. Please include with the application a copy of the Veteran’s Medicare card, private insurance cards, Social Security card, and Medicaid card. We welcome applicants who may not yet be Medicaid. approved, and we will assist them with the application process.
- Spouses or widows of veterans (eligible for nursing care only) will need to provide proof of marriage when they apply.
- Veterans may be admitted without regard to their financial status. Currently, we are taking applications at each of our Veterans Homes.
The "Old Soldiers Home" formally opened in Boise in May 1895. It was eventually replaced by the New Home which was dedicated in November 1966.
Situated on a sprawling, tree-lined campus at the base of the beautiful Boise foothills, the Boise Veterans Home provides a quiet, peaceful setting just a few convenient miles from the heart of downtown Boise.
In addition to providing outstanding care for veterans and their spouses, Idaho Veterans Homes also offer numerous activities and social services. Residents enjoy recreational and social activities, outings and other programs that keep them active, independent and involved. Our caring team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide custom programs designed to enhance the quality of life and individual skills and abilities of residents. The facility features a physical therapy center, a spacious dining room, pleasant common areas, a large covered patio and courtyards. Services available to residents include extensive activity programs, onsite veteran and social services, library services, and transportation to medical appointments. Each room is individualized to provide residents with maximum privacy, and all have windows and individually controlled heating and air conditioning.
Veterans may be admitted without regard to their financial status. Nursing care residents admitted on or after July 1, 2000, must either apply for and become eligible for Medicaid benefits, or must pay the maximum monthly charge as it may be established from time to time.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise.
If you are new and considering volunteering at our facility, we welcome your interest! Take a look at our upcoming events to see what we have going on at the home in the coming months! Some opportunities include the following, though this is not an exhaustive list, and you should meet with us in person to discuss other possibilities, as well.
- One-on-One Time - This is one of our most valuable opportunities and involves spending one-on-one time with an individual resident.
- Dining Room Service - Help set up the tables before meals, help serving trays, and help clear the tables afterward.
- Arts and Crafts - There are many different arts and crafts activities, whether painting, drawing, leather work, and so forth.
- Bingo - Bingo is very popular among our residents, with games every Saturday and usually one of two more throughout the week.
If you are interested in more information about volunteering, please contact:
Activities Coordinator Cindy Tatro, 208 780-1710, or click here to send email: Cynthia.Tatro@veterans.idaho.gov
If you are a regular, already approved volunteer at our facility, and have seen something that interests you on the activity calendar, please email Cindy or Jackie and tell them which event you can help with. One of them will confirm by email. If you have not received an email confirmation within a few days, please telephone the office.
REMEMBER: Volunteering gives your life meaning, helps our residents greatly, looks good on your resume, and offers a wonderful opportunity to give something back to those who have proudly served our country. You can volunteer even if your time is limited. Your time and attention is the great gift you can give.