Expansion and improvements to the Colorado Department of Human Services Colorado State Veterans Home at Rifle are under way, thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The renovation is aimed at enhancing residents' quality of life with more accessible nursing stations, updated resident-controlled heating and air conditioning and more than doubling the size of the rehabilitation gym.
In addition, the secure Alzheimer's memory care section will grow by four more rooms, and a new nurses' station, kitchen and bathing room will be added. Outside grounds improvements will beautify the area and add new wheelchair-accessible sidewalks around the home's perimeter. Tree plantings will serve as tributes to friends who have passed.
"We are very excited about the renovations," said Joscelyn Gay, director of the Office of Long Term Care. "They will enhance the quality of life for every veteran and spouse in Rifle's home."
The renovation is scheduled for completion this fall, followed by a grand opening and 25th anniversary celebration set for Saturday, Oct. 13.
The State Veterans Home at Rifle offers long-term care, a secure memory care unit, short-term rehabilitation, hospice services and short-term stays. Individuals eligible for these services are veterans, veterans' spouses and "Gold-Star" parents, at least one of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces.
The home is one of four nursing homes operated directly by the Colorado Department of Human Services. An additional state veterans home, in Walsenburg, is operated by a local hospital district.