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 2016, 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.
Residents have access to several recreational facilities. These include a fitness center; an 18-hole putt-putt golf course that was renovated this year; a library; computers with Internet access and Skype; and a multi-purpose recreation center with pool tables, table games, books, and a large collection of movies.
The GDVS Veterans Field Service Office serving veterans in the home and in Baldwin, Hancock, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties is located in the Wheeler Building Rotunda. Veteran-related contacts for this field office totaled 21,902 for calendar year 2016. 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.
During fiscal year 2016, veteran patients at the home received 88,459 days of skilled nursing care. The nursing home admitted 160 patients during the year and had 153 discharges/deaths. The average length of stay for current skilled veteran patients is 1,326 days or 3.6 years.
During fiscal year 2016, federal assistance in funding a portion of the cost of providing care to veterans in the home amounted to $11,602,246.
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 3,181 individual volunteers providing in excess of 10,794 hours of time valued at over $260,480 presented over 634 activities during the year.
The value of donated items made available to the home during fiscal year 2016 was $40,634. Groups and individuals also provided direct monetary donations of $18,950 in support of special activities and projects.