The Missouri Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon was established in 1983 and began admitting residents approximately one month later. It is located at 1600 S. Hickory Street and has a capacity of 200 beds. The Home is operated by the Missouri Veterans Commission to provide quality rehabilitative nursing care to Missouri Veterans. The Mt. Vernon Home is one of seven veteran homes in Missouri. Other locations include St James, Mexico, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Cameron, and Warrensburg. These homes are inspected annually by the Veterans Commission and the Veterans Administration, and comply with all federal and state regulations.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Missouri's Veterans Home is:
To provide the highest level of quality skilled nursing care to Missouri's Veterans.
To rehabilitate to the maximum attainable level of independent functioning by utilizing all necessary services, therapies, and to provide a comfortable, safe, sanitary environment conducive to personal well-being.
To make available social and cultural activities of personal interest designed to foster feelings of dignity and self-respect.
COST OF CARE Actual charges for care are based upon the individual's ability to pay, taking into consideration total income and assets. There is no fixed charge, nor are the residents required to turn over all their assets to the Home.
ELIGIBILITY To be considered for residency an applicant must be: a resident of the state of Missouri for a period of 180 days, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Services and in need of nursing home services. At present only veterans may be admitted. Prospective residents may obtain an application from Social Services offices at any of the homes, at the Missouri Veterans Commission Web Site www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/ or from any Missouri Veterans Affairs Service Officer. Applications are reviewed for individual needs, and placement is made according to bed availability. Applicants are placed on a waiting list.
MISSOURI VETERANS COMMISSION: SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY HEALTH CARE The Missouri Veterans Homes provide twenty-four hour skilled nursing care under the supervision of a Medical Director. A highly skilled nursing staff of RN's, LPN's and CNA's offer round-the-clock medical supervision for the residents. The nursing staff participates in continuing in-service education programs to keep the quality of care current with the most recent medical changes. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are considered to be important and part of the overall plan of care. Restorative nursing and dining programs play a large role in the rehabilitative process.
SUPPORT SERVICES At the Mt. Vernon facility, maintenance, dietary, therapy, pharmacy, chaplain, and laundry services are provided by the Veteran's Home. The Veteran's Home has agreements with area hospitals for emergency medical services, if needed.
RESIDENT LIFE Residents of the Missouri Veterans Home are encouraged to take an active interest in their home, to participate in the Resident Council and offered activities. Resident Council was established to give patients a voice in the decisions about facility operations which affect their lives. From this body, special committees are developed for specific projects as well as on-going programming of activities and orientation of new residents. Visiting veteran groups and talented groups of volunteers add immensely to the quality of life with special programs and donations which they provide. Individual care plans are developed towards rehabilitation using the interdisciplinary approach.
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