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.
Nestled in a park-like setting with a panoramic view of nearby rolling hills, the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston provides a comfortable and welcoming setting for our veterans and their spouses. We are fortunate to be located right at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers — one of the premier fishing spots in the nation — which provides residents and visitors alike with a beautiful and peaceful environment.
The 66-bed home features daily activities, including physical therapy; a Canteen area to visit with family and a dining hall that serves three wholesome meals a day. 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. Facilities include a state-of-the-art therapy room, activity center, dining room, gardens, chapel and more. For residents who have relatives visiting from outside the local community we are happy to provide a guest room for short term stays. Qualified veterans and their spouses who need nursing home care are encouraged to contact the Lewiston Veteran's Home to learn more about the resources and services we offer.
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 Lewiston.
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 scheduled regularly.
If you are interested in more information about volunteering, please contact:
Volunteer & Activities Coordinator Terri Brockman, 208-750-3673, or click here to send an email: email@example.com