Most veterans organizations place heavy emphasis on VA and state veterans homes and many overlook the other long-term care facilities. It is more a question of resources than unwillingness. Consequently, a gap in attention occurs where often most needed – the private sector. LVMAC created this program to encourage and facilitate member and other local community organizations – such as churches, veterans associations, college veterans groups, business volunteer groups, scouts and other civic organizations – in visiting as many veterans possible in nursing homes and personal care/assisted living facilities throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties for the purpose of ensuring their welfare and improving their quality of life.
If interested as an organization in participating in this program, please contact the Program Coordinators, Bruce Davis or Bill Allem at email address: Visitation@lvmac.org.
In addition, LVMAC provides limited funding assistance to defray costs for cards, gifts and entertainment of the veterans. Coordination and/or pre-approval of the estimated amount of reimbursement and final submission for reimbursement begins with the use of the dual purpose, Visitation Program Application and Report form. Instructions for the use of the form are found by clicking here. Both can be downloaded. Email is the preferred mode of operation.
Do not seek reimbursement after the fact.
LVMAC membership is encouraged but not required. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofits, church-status organizations and tax-exempt veterans organizations will be reimbursed.
Veterans living in private for-profit and nonprofit long-term care facilities and county nursing homes within the Lehigh Valley, defined as Lehigh and Northampton County. Those in Commonwealth veterans homes (aka Veterans’ Centers) and Department of Veterans Affairs veterans homes (aka Community Living Centers) are not the target audience because they are not within the valley and already well-visited by veterans and veterans-associated groups. Also, very few Lehigh Valley veterans use them. Finally, these facilities – unlike those locally – typically have some form of a veterans’ advisory council to help ensure the facilities are properly attending to the needs of veterans.
Nearly 70 percent of those turning 65 will require some form of long-term care in their lifetimes, according to a 2006 Congressional Quarterly report. Veterans are no different, though occasionally the severely war wounded are likely to use these facilities earlier than the general population.
65+ Veterans Demographic
30 September 2012
30 September 2015
30 September 2020
Source: VA VP2007 County_Living_Veterans_Web.xls
Only local, long-term care facilities approved and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Lehigh and Northampton counties are part of the program:
Updated: 8 March 2022