SERVING OUR VETERANS: ND Veterans Home (pt. 2)
In my last column I gave a brief history of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, ND. I hope you found it interesting. In this column, I would like to bring you information about the Veterans Home of today.
Since 1893, the Veterans Home has been providing high quality care for honourably discharged veterans and their spouses. In May 2011 a new state of the art Veterans Home was completed and designed in the household/neighbourhood concept. The home focuses on individual households designed for 12 to 13 residents. The entire facility has 142 private rooms and four semi-private rooms (two persons per room), for a total capacity of 150 residents. Of this total, the Home has 52 skilled nursing home beds and 98 basic care beds. The staff is dedicated to the health and welfare of each individual resident. Each resident is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
The household centers around a large living room area, open kitchen and dining area. Each household looks and feels like a home, with few medical sign posts. Beautifully landscaped courtyards between each household and neighborhood, provides a relaxing backyard environment for residents and their families. Other features of the home include:
-Built in patient lifts for skilled nursing
-Family visiting rooms
-Main Street area with a barbershop, library, pool hall, bank and post office
-Expanded therapy room
Residents receive quality medical treatment, including 24 hour nursing care. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medication technicians, household coordinators and resident living specialists provide personal care specifically tailored to each individual resident. The Veterans Home contracts with a local medical provider for licensed medical staff that visit the home weekly.
In addition to medical care, the home offers:
-On-site pharmacy for veterans
-Transportation to the Fargo VA Medical Center
-Transportation to local medical appointments
-Dietary and nutritional services, including special diet menus
-Chaplain and spiritual care services
-Mental health services
-Physical, occupational and speech therapy services
-Recreational therapy, including scenic drives, shopping trips, bingo, card games, trips downtown, and activity room
-Therapeutic work program
-Veteran Service Officer assistance to apply for VA benefits.
To be eligible for admission, veterans must meet one of the following criteria:
-Bona fide resident of North Dakota for 30 days
-Must have served in a North Dakota regiment
-Entered the Armed Services as a North Dakota resident, or
-Spouse or surviving spouse of above veteran
For more information about the Veterans Home or to get an application for admission, you can visit me or visit their website at www.nd.gov/ndvh. For further information you can also call their marketing coordinator at 701-683-6540. You are also cordially invited to visit the North Dakota Veterans Home to learn more. Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. To schedule a tour please call the marketing coordinator.
North Dakota veterans and their families should feel fortunate to have this fine facility in our state.
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