The Georgia War Veterans Home, situated on approximately 17 acres in Milledgeville, is a 375-bed facility licensed and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide skilled nursing care to aged and infirm Georgia war veterans. United Veteran Services of Georgia, Inc., a subsidiary of UHS-Pruitt Corporation of Norcross, operates the home for the Department of Veterans Service under a contractual agreement.
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Georgia War Veterans Home
The home operated three skilled nursing care facilities in 2012, which included the Richard B. Russell Building with 86 budgeted beds; the Joe T Wood Building with 140 budgeted beds; and the Alzheimer’s Wing of the Pete Wheeler Building with 24 budgeted beds.
The GDVS field office serving Baldwin, Hancock, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties is located in the Wheeler Bldg Rotunda. Veteran-related contacts for this field office totaled 15,402 for 2012. This office also serves the 250 veterans of the Georgia War Veterans Home by assisting with compensation and pension claims, counseling services, and family-related issues.
Construction projects at the Georgia War Veterans Home for 2012 consisted of renovations to the Wheeler Bldg “A” Wing for a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic ($411,983). This clinic will serve 5,000 veterans within the local community along with the veteran patients residing at the Georgia War Veterans Home.
The Office of Regulatory Services of the Georgia Department of Human Resources conducted an unannounced licensure survey of each skilled nursing unit in January 2013 and found no deficiencies. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducted its annual survey in July; the home was determined to be in compliance with VA standards and was certified for continued operation as a state veterans home.
In 2012, veteran patients at the home received 85,593 days of skilled nursing care. The nursing home admitted 97 patients during the year and had 59 discharges/deaths. The average length of stay for current skilled veteran patients is 1,337 days or 3.6 years.
Federal assistance in funding a portion of the cost of providing care to veterans in the home amounted to $7,505,182. As in previous years, many veterans service organizations, civic groups, and church groups continued their sponsorship of numerous activities such as movies, games, dance parties, bingo, picnics, and other activities and programs for the general well-being of the veteran patients at the home. Groups and individuals that comprised the equivalent of 1,552 individual volunteers providing in excess of 5,593 hours of time valued at over $121,871.47 presented over 647 activities during the year.
The value of in-kind donations made available to the home was $40,515.98. Groups and individuals also provided direct monetary donations of $31,367.80 during the year.