It must still pass inspection in order to open its doors, and when it does, a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home will open in St. Augustine, Florida. More than that, this nursing home is the state’s first “green” veterans’ nursing home, at a total cost of $31 million. The 95,000 square foot facility is in St. Johns County, on Florida 16, west of I-95. There are 5 veterans ready to move into the facility and 60 applications pending. The VA home will eventually hold 120 veterans.
Although it is the first VA nursing home in Northeast Florida, It is the 6th in the state. Many VA patients suffer from dementia, and the next closest VA nursing home in Daytona Beach cannot handle all of these veterans. Of the 120 beds in the home, 60 beds are located in a secured wing to prevent patients from wandering away.
In an effort to move away from an institutionalized feeling, the patient rooms are set up so there is more of a “neighborhood feeling.” Those rooms in the secure wing have shadowboxes where patients put their personal items. This is done in an effort to help them remember which room is theirs.
Veterans must have lived in Florida for at least a year, they must have an honorable discharge, and they must possess a VA issued certificate of need for skilled nursing home care to be eligible for residency in the new VA home. It is not expected to take much time to fill the home once the doors open.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.