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Nevada State Veterans Home
Celebrating Ten Years of "Caring for America's Heroes"
by Frank Bellinger, Administrator
Believe it or not, August 12th will mark the ten-year anniversary of the first resident being admitted to Nevada’s first State Veterans Home, right here in Boulder City! To celebrate ten years of successfully “Caring for America’s Heroes,” we are honored to, once again, partner with the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce for our Tenth Annual Open House, on Wednesday, August 22nd, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
This is particularly fitting because the entire community has contributed to what Nevada State Veterans Home (NSVH) team members and volunteers have accomplished over the last ten years. “Caring for America’s Heroes” is the mission of NSVH - a mission we are honored to bring alive through our actions each and every day. And, none of our successes would be possible without the support we have received from the Home’s team members, volunteers and the community.
Accepting Boulder City’s invitation to construct Nevada’s first State Veterans Home here was a great decision. Boulder City has a long-standing tradition of supporting veterans and their families and we have always felt welcome here. NSVH residents are treated like true American heroes whenever they are “out-and-about,” participating in events the City has to offer and, of course, the Home’s residents benefit from the countless hours of time and talent donated by Boulder City residents through their volunteer work at the Home. Our partnership with the Boulder City community continues to grow each year through events, such as the Home’s annual Open House, and we continue to be one of Boulder City’s largest employers.
We remain dedicated to providing the highest quality nursing home care, with an emphasis on maintaining dignity in a home-like environment. Within our 84,000 square foot facility, our Home is able to accommodate up to 180 residents throughout three Neighborhoods, including one Neighborhood offering two levels of secured care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses. Our Home sits on 54-acres which are home to the award-winning Battle Borne Peace Gardens and represent one more example of how the Boulder City community has come together to support the Home over the last decade.
In addition to 24/7 nursing care and a higher-than-average nurse-to-resident staff ratio, services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy; dental, vision, and podiatry care programs; IV therapy; end-of-life programs; laboratory and pharmacy services; radiology/diagnostic services; dietary services; and medical social services. These services are offered on-site for the convenience of our residents, allowing them to spend less time being a “patient” and more time enjoying life. The Home also offers residents a variety of programs and services designed to enhance the overall quality of resident’s day-to-day life. Some of these offerings include restaurant-style meal service, with eleven entrées to choose from, and a vibrant Activities Department, with seven full-time activity aids assisting residents with 25-or-more off-site outings every month and two-or-more on-site activities every day.
Residents must be able to benefit from admission to the Home and the Home must be able to meet their needs without compromising the needs of residents already living in the Home. Applicants must have a military discharge other than dishonorable, be a spouse of a veteran who meets this requirement, or be a Gold Star parent. Additionally, a physician must verify the applicant’s need for 24-hour nursing care.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no waiting list for admission to the Home. Once an applicant has completed the admission application and provided the corresponding documentation, an admission can be arranged within one business day. Also, rates at the Home represent the least expensive nursing home option in the valley and some residents may be eligible for VA benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, military retirement, Social Security, and/or private insurance.
The Home has received national recognition for its quality of care over the past ten years, including being recognized as the best nursing home in the State, the best State Veterans Home in the nation, and was one of 42, out of 15,000 nursing homes, making U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll.
These achievements are paving the way for the future of Nevada’s State Veterans Home Program. There are already plans for a second Home in northern Nevada, options to expand our 54-acre campus here, in Boulder City, and the possibility of an adult day health care center to serve veterans in southern Nevada. None of this would be possible without the support we have received from you, the Boulder City community. “Thank You” Boulder City for making the last ten years such a huge success! Together, we truly are “Caring for America’s Heroes.” Hope to see you August 22nd...
For more information, please call (702) 332-6717.