Photo from Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs website
~News Release from ADVA~
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) announced Tuesday the first resident at the new Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock was admitted.
The new home is an innovative state-of-the-art, long-term care facility.
“Caring for our Veterans is not just a moral obligation, it is paramount to our National Defense”, said Matt Snead, Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, “Facilities like this will ensure we send the message to future generations that if you serve, we have your back.”
2016 ended not only with the completion of Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock, but also the completion of several of the agency’s strategic objectives well ahead of schedule. This includes opening eight new district offices four years ahead of schedule.
In 2015, ADVA assisted an average of 400-450 Veterans a month at their office in North Little Rock. In December, ADVA assisted over 1,000 Veterans in the communities where they live.
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs serves the Veterans of Arkansas by fulfilling three missions. ADVA advocates for Veterans with agencies such as the federal VA, operates two state Veteran cemeteries, and operates two state Veteran nursing homes.
The 31-acre facility is the first Veterans home in Arkansas developed from the ground-up for the sole purpose of long-term care for Veterans. It will serve Veterans, Veterans’ spouses, and Gold Star family members.
Arkansas State Veterans Home is a “small home” design with eight individual “hero homes” that serve 12 residents each.
Each resident will have a private room and private bathroom. Less than one percent of long-term care facilities across the nation are built and operated as small homes. The small home concept seeks to de-institutionalize care and provide a warm, home-like environment in a setting that encourages social activity and empowers staff.
The facility is located on the former Emerald Park Golf Course, located across the street from the Eugene J. Towbin VA Healthcare Center in North Little Rock. Construction began in July 2015.
Arkansas State Veterans Home is scheduled to accept its second resident Thursday. The facility will continue to accept two private pay residents each week until it reaches the six residents required to apply for Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement. After the facility obtains the ability to accept Medicaid/Medicare payments, it will open its doors to the twenty-four residents required to obtain VA payments.