During Ken’s year as president, our club donated funds to purchase a bench for veterans and guests to use at the Northern Nevada State Veteran’s Home.  The intent was to visit and tour the facility on May 5th and allow our club members to see the bench for themselves. 
Alas, with COVID hitting and no end in sight in this country, the newsletter is the next best thing to seeing the facility and bench in person.
The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home is a premier long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Sparks.  It is designed as an alternative to traditional nursing homes.  Eligibility for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home includes U.S. Veterans who have served active duty, spouses of Veterans, and Gold Star Parents. 
The facility embraces a Community Living Center design, comprising three adjoining wings.  Each wing, or neighborhood as the facility calls them, can house 32 residents for a total of 96 residents.  Each resident has a private room and shares a den, living room and kitchen with 15 other residents.
Each wing specializes in a type of care: Short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care.  Long Term Care – Assistance with daily living, showering, dressing, meals, personal care.  Short-Term Care – Typically follows a hospital stay and may involve Physical, Occupational or Speech Therapy.  Memory Care – Secure community for those with dementia. Alzheimer’s issues, history of wandering without regard for safety.
The “Town Hall" in the center of the facility has a restaurant, coffee bistro, sports bar, therapy gym, beauty/barber shop, and general commissary store. The facility also has open outdoor areas and private gardens allowing the residents to walk outside.  Donated benches, such as the one our club provided, allow the residents to rest or sit outside as desired.
The facility is overseen by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and managed by Avalon Health Care Management.  For more information about the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home, CLICK HERE