THE DALLES – The place where honor lives, the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, was recently named one of the top rated nursing homes in Oregon.
U.S. News & World Report released its fifth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings on February 26, highlighting the top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide.
“All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and we’ve made sure the information they need is at their fingertips with a consumer-friendly tool to help seniors and their families confront one of life’s most difficult and anxious transitions,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “Using trustworthy data, Best Nursing Homes makes it easier for consumers to identify nursing homes that can best meet their needs in terms of location, quality of care, staffing, and more.”
Among several noted points of excellence, the Home met health and safety standards for food preparation and other nursing-home activities. The inspections are conducted at least every 15 months.
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Cameron Smith said the Home’s outstanding designation reflects credit on the staff and management.
“Residents at the Oregon Veterans’ Home are like family and that’s how they’re cared for by the excellent staff and volunteers there,” Smith said. “Their approach to care is simple; treat all veterans and their family members with the same caring respect and dignity they would want for their own families. Westcare Management Administrator Cheryl Maitland and the Home’s State Liaison Officer Linda Adams (recently retired) have been key in earning this national recognition.”
Opened in the fall of 1997, the Home is located just outside the city. The staff is able to care for as many as 151 residents who need long-term care in a care facility that provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to veterans, their spouses and parents who have lost a child to war-time service.
In 2008, the Home was awarded the Step II Award for Quality Achievement from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). To date, the Home is one of only 170 care facilities in the nation – and one of only two state veterans’ homes – to achieve this level of recognition.
A second veterans’ home in Lebanon, with an additional 154 beds, is scheduled to open in Fall 2014. To learn more about Oregon Veterans’ Homes, visit www.oregon.gov/odva/VetsHome.