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Georgia War Veterans Home (Milledgeville)

Business Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on state holidays

Admission Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, except on state holidays

Visitation Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., daily

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.

The home operated three skilled nursing care facilities in 2013, 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 Veterans Field Service Office serving Baldwin, Hancock, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties is located in the Wheeler Building Rotunda. Veteran-related contacts for this field office totaled 7,089 for 2013. This office also serves the veterans of the Georgia War Veterans Home by assisting with compensation and pension claims, counseling services, and family-related issues.

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 2013, veteran patients at the home received 79,787 days of skilled nursing care. The nursing home admitted 151 patients during the year and had 77 discharges/deaths. The average length of stay for current skilled veteran patients is 1,335 days or 3.6 years.

Federal assistance in funding a portion of the cost of providing care to veterans in the home amounted to $8,977,640. 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 1,426 individual volunteers providing in excess of 5,264 hours of time valued at over $114,702.56 presented over 535 activities during the year.

The value of in-kind donations made available to the home was $37,940. Groups and individuals also provided direct monetary donations of $29,719 during the year.