THE DALLES â€“ The place where honor lives, the Oregon Veteransâ€™ Home in The Dalles, was recently named one ofÂ theÂ top rated nursing homes in Oregon.
Â U.S. News & World Report released its fifth annualÂ Best Nursing HomesÂ 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.
Â â€œAll seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and weâ€™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 lifeâ€™s most difficult and anxious transitions,â€ said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. â€œUsing 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.â€
Â 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.
Â Oregon Department of Veteransâ€™ Affairs Director Cameron Smith said the Homeâ€™s outstanding designation reflects credit on the staff and management.
Â â€œResidents at the Oregon Veteransâ€™ Home are like family and thatâ€™s how theyâ€™re cared for by the excellent staff and volunteers there,â€ Smith said. â€œTheir 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 Homeâ€™s State Liaison Officer Linda Adams (recently retired) have been key in earning this national recognition.â€
Â 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, Alzheimerâ€™s and dementia-related care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to veterans, theirÂ spouses and parents who have lost a childÂ to war-time service.Â
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).Â To date, the Home is one of only 170 care facilities in the nation â€“ and one of only two state veteransâ€™ homes â€“ to achieve this level of recognition.Â
Â A second veteransâ€™ home in Lebanon, with an additional 154 beds, is scheduled to open in Fall 2014. To learn more about Oregon Veteransâ€™ Homes, visitÂ www.oregon.gov/odva/VetsHome.