Tomah VA Medical Center
Green House Ribbon Cutting
The Tomah VA Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., at the site of the two newly-constructed homes that will provide a new and innovative approach for veterans needing long-term, skilled-nursing care at the Tomah VA.
Patriots’ Place and Heroes’ House, part of the Green House concept, provide a full range of personal care and clinical services expected in high-quality nursing homes. At the same time, this model gives priority to the veteran’s quality of life, providing an atmosphere of security, privacy, dignity, and companionship in a real home setting.
Mario V. DeSanctis, the medical center director the Tomah VA, said he is very excited about the opening of the Green House homes.
“This is something we have been working towards for a couple of year and are finally getting to welcome Veterans to this amazing concept in care,” said DeSanctis. “This is the future of skilled nursing care, and we are proud to join the Danville VA (Ill.), Lovell Federal Health Care Center, (Ill.) and Milwaukee, Wis., in providing this new concept of care for Veterans. We believe this transformation of care will dramatically enrich our Veterans lives and the lives of the next generation of Veterans.”
The Green House homes, named Patriots’ Place and Heroes’ House, (Building 409, 410), are located north of Building 400 on the Tomah VA campus.
The residents, who begin moving in in September, will be free from the limitations of an institutional schedule and live a comfortable daily life – sleeping, eating and engaging in enriching opportunities as they choose. Meals will be prepared in the kitchen and served at a large, single dining table where residents, their primary caregivers, families, and friends can enjoy a pleasant dining experience. The residents will also be able to assist with meal planning and assist with preparation as they wish.
Patriots’ Place and Heroes’ House will provide staffing that includes the leadership of a “guide” and “resident care assistant” which is a flexible worker that provides personal care for the resident, while also doing the routine household tasks of cooking, cleaning and laundry. The resident care assistants are certified nursing assistants who receive additional training and form a self-managed work team to complete assignments, scheduling and all the work in the household. There will also be a clinical support team assigned to assist the resident care assistants in the care of the residents. Nurses will also be working in the homes 24 hours a day.