Geriatrics and Extended Care - VA Central Ohio Healthcare System
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VA Central Ohio Healthcare System


Geriatrics and Extended Care

The Geriatrics Department's goal is to help Veterans in accessing services and benefits to improve their quality of life as they age. We do this through a range of VA and community resources.

Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC)

In HBPC, your main care provider is a Nurse Practitioner who sees you at your home. Other members of the team that come to your home are a Nurse, Social Worker, mental health provider, and dietitian. HBPC is for Veterans who have trouble coming to the clinic because of their health care problems.  Contact: Deborah Formella 614-257-5397.

Palliative Care Clinic

Veterans are seen in the Palliative Care Clinic for advanced illness. The team includes a physician, Nurse, Social Worker, and Chaplain. The team helps manage symptoms such as pain. They also help Veterans plan their goals for care. You will continue to see your primary care  provider.  Contact: Char Crace 614-257-5542.

Community Hospice Care

Hospice is comfort care in the home for Veterans who are near the end of life. VA staff set up care with Hospice programs in the community.  Contact: Char Crace 614-257-5542.

Community Nursing Home Care

VA pays for nursing home care for Veterans who are highly service connected. Staff visit Veterans in nursing homes to make sure their needs are met.  Contact: Tracey Loudermilk 614-388-7040.

Adult Day Health Care (ADHC)

Veterans who need help in caring for themselves can go to an ADHC Center. The Centers provide:

  • care during daytime hours
  • nursing services
  • meals and snacks
  • chance to be with other people and be active

Contact: Amanda Ripke 614-257-5796

Homemaker/Home Health Aid Program (H/HHA)

H/HHA program sends an aide to the home to help with bathing and/or dressing. After these tasks are done the aide can also help with light housework. The VA works with home care agencies in the community to offer this service.  Contact:  Amanda Ripke 614-257-5796

The Care Coordination/Home Tele-Health Program (CCHT)

CCHT provides monitoring equipment in the Veterans home to collect daily vital signs and health information. A nurse or social worker gets this information and works with your provider for any needed changes in your care. This program can help to prevent hospital or ER visits. Examples of medical problems that are followed in this program include:

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
  • Hypertension (HTN)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • PTSD

Contact: Sharon Kessler 614-257-5347

The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Clinic  (SCI&D)

(SCI&D) serves Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's Disease.  All Veterans get a yearly exam with regular follow-up by the team.  The SCI team includes a neurologist, physiatrist, physical therapist, nurse and social worker.  The team works to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI&D.  Contact: Lisa Webb 614-257-5424

Geriatric Evaluation Clinic

This service provides a one-time appointment for older Veterans with many health care needs. The Veteran is seen by a physician, physical therapist, nurse, and social worker. The team provides the Veteran and the VA primary provider with advice for a plan of treatment. Community services may also be arranged.   Contact: Michelle Karkheck-Nicola 614-257-5359

Community Health Nurse

VA Nurses arrange for Veterans who are home bound to receive nursing and therapy services from community home health agencies The primary provider refers Veterans for this type of care.  Contact: Pam Wittenberg 614-257-5565


This service provides caregivers with a short-term break from the daily demands of caring for a chronically ill Veteran.  Veterans may stay at a VA community living center or attend an Adult Day Health Care setting for up to 30 days per year.  Contact: Amanda Ripke 614-257-5796.

Contact Info


  • 420 North James Road
    Columbus, OH 43219
    3rd Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 614-257-5200
  • 888-615-9448

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Monday - Friday