Nevada State Veterans Home - Boulder City
by Gary Bermeosolo, NFA
Boulder City became home to Nevada’s first State Veterans Home in 2002. However, the State Veterans Home Program dates back to 1868, when Homes were established to care for disabled Union soldiers. What’s thought to be the Country’s first federal grant-in-aid program began in 1888 to help support these Homes. Over the years, the Program has grown to 137 Homes in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
In 1993, Nevada enacted legislation to create the Nevada State Veterans Home (NSVH) and, after nine years of planning and construction, the Home admitted its first resident on August 12, 2002.
Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assists Veterans Homes through construction grants and per diem payments. VA grants fund up to 65% of constructing Homes and per diem payments cover up to 50% of a veteran’s costs.
Accepting Boulder City’s invitation to locate Nevada’s first State Veterans Home here was a great decision. Boulder City has a long-standing tradition of supporting veterans and we have always felt welcomed here. NSVH residents are treated like the American heroes they are whenever they’re out-and-about, and of course, the Home’s residents benefit from the countless hours of time and talent Boulder City volunteers donate to the Home. Our partnership with the Boulder City community is evident at events such as the Home’s annual Open House, hosted by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce. We have also been recognized as one of Boulder City’s largest employers, with 234 employees.
Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled nursing care, with an emphasis on maintaining resident dignity in a home-like environment. Within our 82,000 square foot facility, our Home accommodates up to 180 residents throughout three Neighborhoods, including one Neighborhood offering secured care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses.
Our services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy; dental, and podiatry care programs; IV therapy; end-of-life programs; laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, dietary, social, and spiritual services. These services are offered on-site for the convenience of our residents so they can spend less time being a “patient” and more time enjoying life.
Our Home also offers residents a variety of programs and services designed to enhance their overall quality of day-to-day life. Some of these offerings include a vibrant Activities Department, with seven full-time activity aids assisting residents with numerous on and off-site activities; a non-denominational Chaplaincy Program, designed to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse resident population; housekeeping and laundry services; an on-site hair shop; resident trust fund and guardianship programs; and transportation services for Home-sponsored outings.
Admission to the Nevada State Veterans Home is dependent on a variety of factors. First and foremost, applicants must be able to benefit from admission. Likewise, the Home must be able to meet the individual needs of applicants - without compromising the applicant’s care or the care 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. They must be a current resident of Nevada or provide verification of Nevada residency at the time of enlistment in the military. Additionally, applicants must present a current, signed admission order from a licensed physician verifying the need for 24-hour skilled nursing care. Contrary to popular belief, there currently 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 two business days.
Because VA assists with the cost of care, veteran’s rates are some of the least expensive you will find in a skilled nursing care facility. However, NSVH residents do contribute toward their cost of care and ancillary charges, such as physician visits, medications, and therapies. Co-payments and ancillary charges will vary over time and between residents, depending on each resident’s situation. Some residents may be eligible for additional VA benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, or private insurance.
Our Home is frequently recognized for its modern amenities, exceptional programs, and full continuum of care all for a very reasonable price. In recent months the Home was recognized as one of the best nursing homes in the United States and named to the “Nursing Home Hall of Fame” by U.S. News and World Report - quite an accomplishment since only 42 of more than 15,000 homes made this list.
This achievement demonstrates the commitment of the Home’s team members, volunteers, and the Boulder City community. Efforts are underway to construct a second Home in Northern Nevada and we are in the early planning stages for an adult day health care center to serve veterans in Southern Nevada. None of this would be possible without the support of the Boulder City community. Together, we are “Caring for America’s heroes!”
Please call (702) 332-6717 for admissions, (702) 332-6741 for volunteer opportunities, and for information concerning State or federal veterans benefits eligibility, please call (702) 332-6716.