Veterans’ Village – Home for Our Heros

Citrus County, Florida Looks at Proposed Assisted Living Community for Veterans

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We learned recently of the efforts in our home community to build an affordable Assisted Living Community for Veterans.  The proposed site sits adjacent to the current Veterans Assistance Community Clinic in Lecanto, Florida.

As a management/consultant company specializing in Assisted Living Facilities, West Central Solutions is particularly aware of the cost effective model of Assisted Living and how its combination of independence, assistance and social interaction provides quality of life for seniors.  Too often seniors become isolated as their ability and mobility decrease.  Our veterans deserve affordable Assisted Living, a home that focuses on their whole person – physical, emotional, and social.

The facility will be an Assisted Living Facility for those that need assistance with daily living (ADL), but do not need the skilled nursing care that is provided in Nursing Homes.  Assisted Living costs much less than Nursing Home Care.  A Nursing Home in and around Citrus County has an average cost of about $8,000 a month.

What is the difference?

ASSISTED LIVING:

A resident of Assisted Living must be able to dress themselves.  Someone can provide direction and guidance, but the resident themselves are able to put their own legs in the pants (for example) or take the pill cup from the assistant and put the pills in their mouth themselves.  Assisted Living is mostly private pay, but there are other possible sources of assistance including VA benefits and Managed Care (a Medicaid diversion program).

NURSING HOME:

A Nursing Home is a skilled facility based on a medical model which means it can provide hands-on assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and more.

 

 

supportVETERANS SPECIAL NEEDS

Veterans need a safe environment that accommodates their special issues related to war.  There is no special license to specialize in Veteran Care, just as there is no such requirement for an Assisted Living Facility to provide Memory Care. But there is special training for those who work in a memory care unit. So a facility like Veterans Village would have staff trained on caring for combat veterans. Veterans’ Village will cater the housing design and staff to ensure our Veterans needs are met.

Between 2009 and 2013 Citrus County was home to about 21,000 vets, now estimated to be about 27,000. As our soldiers return for overseas with brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, back and other traumatic injuries, many of them will need the kind of help that a facility like this could provide them. It will help them retain dignity, some cherished independence, and quality of life.

Socializing is vital to anyone. For veterans who are suffering from various mental health and physical issues related to war, social interactions are therapeutic and necessary. This community will embrace them and help them thrive in a safe social environment with the care designed for their needs.

The facility will also have a positive economic effect on Citrus County — provide jobs in the short term for construction, and create 35 to 40 full-time direct and indirect jobs for every 100 veteran’s housed.