Our residents actively share special bonds and camaraderie

Maximizing the quality of life for each resident is the primary focus at the LISVH. Contrary to popular belief, nursing homes can be fun!

Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapists offer a variety of stimulating leisure activities designed to meet the residents’ personal preferences and individual needs. Every resident is assessed by our therapists and individual plans for recreation are developed in conjunction with the resident and their families.

Programs are designed to provide the social, creative, and intellectual stimulation that is vital to a resident’s emotional and physical well-being regardless of their cognitive capacity.

Our diverse array of programs include arts and crafts, Chef’s Club cooking programs, Snozelen multisensory stimulation therapy, music and dance, photography, pet therapy, computer workshops, interactive and touch screen video games, adult education seminars, sports and fitness, table games and so much more.

With frequent live entertainment, holiday and birthday celebrations, intergenerational programs with elementary, high-school and college students, visits from many community groups, and Veterans Service Organizations, our resident programs are always exciting.

Our residents remain to be active participants in the community. Our Therapeutic Recreation staff organizes numerous trips to local places of interest. We regularly attend sporting events including Belmont Racetrack, New York Islander Hockey games, Long Island Ducks baseball games, a variety of Stony Brook University Division I athletic events, and we even do a little fishing.

Pet Visitation

We encourage families and friends to have their pets visit the home. However, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed to ensure the safety to all.  Pets without "Pet Badge" can not be admitted to the facility.  The below documents should be printed and completed forms returned to the Therapeutic Recreation department for your pet to receive their badge.  If you have any questions, please call Therapeutic Recreation at (631) 444-8522.

* Important Information about Pet Visits (necessary information about the requirements for pet visitation)

* Pet Visit Guidelines

* Animal Visit Policy

* Dog Visit Registration Form (required to be completed and returned)

* Vaccination checklist

* Vet form (required to be completed by veterinarian and returned)

* Leptospirosis Fact Sheet


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For those residents seeking a little culture, we frequently visit local museums and attend concerts and performances at the Staller Center for the Arts, the Avram Theater at Stony Brook-Southampton, and the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. Shopping trips and dining at local restaurants are also favorites among our residents. We offer something for everyone at the Long Island State Veterans Home.

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We strive to meet the nutritional needs of each resident, whether short-term, long-term, or a registrant in our Adult Day Health Care program.

The LISVH offers a 3 week menu which rotates through a summer and winter cycle.


Residents, registrants and / or their families are interviewed by our Registered Dietitians.  Individualized food preferences and physician orders are considered in the development of each individualized meal plan.
Quarterly menu committee meetings are held to discuss likes / dislikes with the residents as well as foods they wish to add or remove from the menus.

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We offer food choices galore to accommodate each resident's preferences. 

Special diets and food consistencies are always considered.  For those Residents requiring specialized menus such as kosher, gluten free, or vegetarian, the department strives to provide a variety of food products to tempt the palate.  Pre-prepared Kosher frozen meals are provided to those residents requesting Kosher meal service.  Available gluten free products include muffins, rice cakes, French toast, waffles, pancakes, crackers, bread sticks and assorted cookies. Individualized vegetarian menus are completed with the Dietitian / Nutritionist to ensure adequate calories, carbohydrate, protein and fats are consumed.

The Food and Nutrition Department at the LISVH is staffed by eighty five (85) employees in the kitchen as well as a staff of five (5) Registered Dietitian / Nutritionists, Diet Tech, Production Manager and Food Service Director.

A full complement of dedicated medical staff and clinical providers are assigned to our Reflections Unit. The staff is comprised of specially trained and certified Dementia Practitioners through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and includes RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Geriatricians, Physican Assistants and therapeutic recreation staff.

Our Reflections program is a secured 55 bed male specialty unit caring from those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related disorders. 

We understand the struggle home caregivers go through prior to placing a loved one with Alzheimer‘s or Dementia in a nursing home.  Our program's goal is to deliver peace of mind and a sense of comfort to our resident's families.

A full compliment of medical and clinical staff including physicians who are double board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, nutritionists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants and therapeutic recreation staff  provide a safe, secure environment for the residents on our Reflections unit.

A comprehensive therapeutic recreation program on the Reflections unit is offered to meet the functional levels of our residents to keep them engaged and active.  Our residents can also participate in supervised trips and activities in the community.

The LISVH respiratory unit cares for those with a respiratory illness as their primary diagnosis.  Some respiratory needs that are cared for on the respiratory unit include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, suctioning, pneumonia and tracheostomies.  Some residents may be oxygen dependent and require oxygen 24 hours a day.

Enhanced training is provided to the staff who serves our residents on the respiratory unit at the LISVH.  Residents who experience respiratory difficulties or illnesses have special challenges associated with their illnesses.  Some residents feel anxious when they cannot breathe, and our staff is prepared to meet their psychological needs as well as their medical needs.


Our respiratory unit is staffed by nursing, physician assistants and medical personnel.  Our physicians are double board certified geriatricians who work full time at the LISVH and monitor the needs of our residents.  Additionally, Respiratory Therapists perform rounds on our Respiratory Unit.



  I like this place.  The people I meet, the people who take care of me. I would recommend it.


– Frank Jaen, Torpedo man, US Navy 2nd Class, 1950 – 1955 Korea.

The LISVH is operated by Stony Brook Medicine and continues to be one of the only nursing homes in the country that is fully integrated into the health and educational mission of a major teaching and research university.  We are proud to advance academic research and to be a place were tomorrow’s geriatric professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, social workers, dieticians and recreation therapists receive their education and training.

The LISVH offers comprehensive medical and nursing services.  We provide a full time medical director and a staff of full time double-boarded certified physicians in internal medicine and geriatrics.  Our doctors have access to an in-house pharmacy operated by Certified Geriatric Pharmacists, providing a comprehensive formulary.  With a full complement of registered nurses on duty 24 hours a day and our own on-site certified nursing assistant training program, the LISVH remains attentive to our resident’s skilled nursing needs.

Our interdisciplinary care team works with each resident and family to develop a care plan to address their own individual needs.


From head to toe, our medical team has you covered.  Whether you require an audiologist, optometrist, dentist, podiatrist, geriatric psychiatrist or psychologist, the LISVH provides all these health care professionals on-site within the home.

If our residents require any additional healthcare services, our affiliation with Stony Brook Medicine enables our residents to receive access to the NY Metropolitan Region’s best healthcare professionals and the most advanced medical technology available today.  Stony Brook Medicine, located ¼ mile from LISVH, is an academic tertiary care hospital with Centers of Excellence in areas including Cardiology Cancer and Urology.

Our in-house dental services provide a full-time geriatric dentist and dental hygienist.   Utilizing the latest in oral care technology including a 360° Panorex dental imaging system and advanced dental computer software, we provide a full compliment of services to our residents.  Whether you need basic dental care, denture repair or minor oral surgery, our veterans never have to leave the home.

Our On-Site Audiology Center is staffed by an audiologist and boasts the latest state of the art audiometric equipment.  Since hearing aides foster communication, it is a priority to provide our residents and adult day registrants with this valuable on-site service.  Hearing aides are fully fitted and programmed right on our computer at the LISVH.  Digital hearing aides, which offer enhanced clarity, are prescribed for our residents.