Criteria For Accommodations
A. In order to receive accommodations in a VA Fisher House, the accompanying individual, active duty Servicemember or Veteran (if also staying at the VA Fisher House) must:
- Be medically stable and capable of self-care or be accompanied by an individual able to provide the necessary care. VA does not provide nursing or other medical care in VA Fisher Houses.
- Be required to travel 50 or more miles or at least 2 hours from their home to the VA medical facility.
- Be able to stay in an unsupervised setting.
- Decisions concerning VA Fisher House accommodations are to be made by the VA medical facility’s Fisher House Manager. If space is unavailable, referrals for temporary accommodations may be made to the Veteran or active duty Servicemember’s social worker or case manager.
- VA Fisher Houses are not used to accommodate unaccompanied Veterans or active duty Service members, or individuals in need of transitional or permanent housing.
- Veterans or active duty Servicemembers with a Category I Behavioral Patient Record Flag (BPRF) in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) may be considered for VA Fisher House accommodations. The Fisher House Manager is to consult with the local Disruptive Behavior Committee (DBC) who assessed the Veteran or active duty Servicemember, and to request their re-evaluation to determine if VA Fisher House accommodations are appropriate.
- Veterans or active duty Servicemembers with a Suicide Risk Flag may be considered for VA Fisher House accommodations just as they would be otherwise. The Fisher House Manager may consult with the facility Suicide Prevention Coordinator to determine if there are any current follow-up requirements or a need for continued re-evaluation during the VA Fisher House stay.
- VA does not impose a general limit on the number of persons who may accompany a Veteran or active duty Servicemember, but may in specific cases provide accommodations to only a specific number of persons due to space or resource limitations.
- VA Fisher House accommodations for accompanying individuals of Veterans in a Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) will be based upon the need for continued active participation in the patient’s episode of care.
- Once a rehabilitation patient successfully transfers from acute rehabilitation to the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP), goals are focused on gaining additional independence and autonomy in functioning. As a result, the need for the accompanying individual’s continuous involvement and presence at the bedside may change, as will their need for continued VA Fisher House accommodations.
- Return visits by accompanying individuals during the patient’s PTRP stay may be needed. Accommodation in the VA Fisher House for accompanying individuals should be on a first-come, first-serve basis or the patients acuity.