Geriatrics and Extended Care - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Geriatrics and Extended Care

About the Program

Congress has given the VA authority to provide long-term care benefits for qualifying Veterans. These benefits ensure that Veterans who qualify can receive a range of services which include: 

  • Nursing Home Care (Community Living Center/CLC)
  • Dementia Care (CLC locked unit)
  • Respite Care (CLC)
  • Hospice and Palliative Care (CLC)
  • Short Stay & Long Stay (CLC)
  • Contract Community Nursing Homes
  • Skilled Home Care
  • Home Infusion
  • Home-Based Primary Care
  • Home Hospice
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Community Living Center (CLC)

This 100 bed inpatient nursing home offers short and long term care services as well as the specialty services of hospice, palliative care, dementia, respite care. Contact: Hope Danishanko, CLC Social Worker, 570-824-3521 x27545.

Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)

HBPC provides primary healthcare delivered by an interdisciplinary team of VA Staff in homebound Veterans.  Services may include medical and nursing care, patient education, rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, medication review, social work intervention, and spiritual counseling. Contact: Erica Maclin-Parker, Program Support Assistant, 570-824-3521 x27670. 

Home Health Aid (HHA)/Respite

Home Health Aid services are purchased for eligible Veterans. This service is considered when Veterans need assistance with activities of daily living. This includes assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. Respite Care can help lower the stress the Veterans and their family caregiver may feel when managing a Veteran's long term care needs at home. Contact: Katie Pisano, Care in the Community Chief, 570-824-3521 x24563.

Home Hospice

Home Hospice provides care and support to terminally ill Veterans wishing to remain in their home until end of life. Contact: Katie Pisano, Care in the Community Chief, 570-824-3521 x24563. 

Palliative Care Consult Team (PCCT)

Palliative Care offers pain management, and other symptom management services to Veterans diagnosed with a chronic irreversible illness. PCCT offers medical, social, psychological and spiritual support to patients and family as needed. PCCT can assist the primary medical team in identifying patients goals of care and symptom management. Contacts: Meredith Evans, 570-824-3521 x24699.

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D) Program

This program supports Veterans dealing with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D). The Care Coordinators are specialized to work with Veterans in this population to meet their needs. For more information see Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Program. Contacts: Martin Kravchik 570-824-3521 x27741.

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Contact Info


  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 570-824-3521 Ext. 27670 or 27803
  • 877-928-2621 Ext. 27670 or 27803

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm