Homelake Veterans Center near Monte Vista was established in 1889 as the Soldiers and Sailors Home, providing a peaceful home for aging disabled Civil War veterans. Homelake, which believes in honoring its veterans with compassionate and dignified care, has been preserving memories and honoring veterans from every major war in U.S. history since that time.
Caring for veterans and their families for more than 120 years, Homelake Veterans Center offers a nursing home, 48 assisted-living cottages, short-term rehabilitation and respite care, with medical services provided on site in an outpatient clinic 11 hours a day. All residents receive individual care plans and have access to services from physicians, social workers and an on-site veterans service officer.
The nursing home and assisted-living cottages are set on a beautiful rural campus with historic buildings, the Homelake History Center and the Homelake Cemetery, with close access to fishing and abundant wildlife.
Surrounded by towering spruce trees, the 25-acre campus combines a sense of tranquility with comprehensive medical care. Residents also enjoy the convenience of their own post office, banking services, housekeeping, laundry services, recreation hall, library and wood shop. Homelake involves residents in community events, activities and parades, recognizing veterans for the heroes they are.
Each domiciliary cottage has a living room, bedroom, bathroom, large closet, kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator, and individual cottage temperature controls. The facility recently was remodeled, with new interior and exterior finishes, slip-resistant floors and an outdoor walkway between cottages. All resident bathrooms, bedrooms and walkways are walker and wheelchair accessible. Resident bathrooms meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Homelake serves honorably discharged veterans and veterans spouses or widows, and Gold Star parents also are eligible for admission to Homelake Veterans Center. Homelake currently has cottages and nursing-home rooms available to any qualified individual or couple.
Private pay and Medicaid are accepted for long-term care. Medicare and Medicare Supplemental Insurance are accepted for short-term rehabilitation. Veterans who have a 70 percent or higher Compensation Disability Rating or a 100 percent NSC-Pension Rating from the Department of Veteran Affairs, pay only $49.10 per day out of pocket for themselves. There are additional charges for veterans spouses.
If you are interested in more information about Homelake Veterans Center nursing home and assisted-living cottages, contact your local county veterans service officer.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at 759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.