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Texas State Veterans Home - Houston Features

What will the Texas State Veterans Home be like?

The Veterans home in southeast Houston will be comprised of a single-story central administrative and support building, or “community center,” connected to four single-story residential “neighborhoods” all set in a park-like campus. The approximately 130,697 square-foot facility will house 120 total skilled nursing beds, including 30 beds for memory support. The intent of this project is to create an environment of care that fulfills the vision defined in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Facilities Management, Community Living Center Design Guide, 2011. The primary intent of the design team is to create a homelike environment for our Veterans, their families and friends. The design strives to provide all the functional and programmatic requirements in an environment that feels like home and provides a nurturing and peaceful setting.

Each neighborhood consists of 30 private resident rooms divided into three 10-resident households. Each household has its own kitchen, dining/activity room, living/reading room and staff support areas. These household common areas are placed in the center of each household, so that all resident rooms open off from them. The kitchen and dining area serves as the heart of each household. High ceilings above these common areas in conjunction with generous outdoor windows and exterior glass doors provide abundant natural light, and produce an open, uplifting quality.

The private bedrooms are designed to be personalized by each resident and will maximize safety, dignity and comfort within a residentially designed environment while emphasizing durability in materials.

All entrances and exits at grade will be accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities and will be free of steps, or other obstructions. The main building complex entrance will be identified with a large covered entry canopy that extends over the entrance drive to protect visitors and residents from inclement weather. Service areas have been carefully and thoughtfully planned to avoid noise and undesirable views from being seen, or heard, by residents and visitors. A sensitivity to traffic flows and circulation has been incorporated into the overall site development plan to maximize operational efficiency while respecting the daily living patterns of residents and staff.

What makes a Texas State Veterans Home unique?

Why not live where your military service is honored everyday? We have operators who understand and value your military service. We focus on Veteran-centered care, and provide special trainings to educate the staff on what it means to be a military Veteran, spouse of a Veteran, or a Gold Star Parent.

Our homes are unique, because you are among your brothers and sisters-in-arms – those that served our country with distinction – just like you! We have many volunteer groups that are Veteran-focused; often members are Veterans themselves, offering support to those who need it now. We offer on-site support groups and activities that are specially tailored for your interest and engagement.

The VA per diem rate subsidizes the cost of care for qualified Veterans, making the Texas State Veterans Home an affordable choice. The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) provides the best benefits package in the nation exclusively for Texas Veterans, military members and their families.

Will there be a Memory Support Unit?

Yes, there will be 30 beds.

Will assisted living be available?

No, the new facility will be for Veterans requiring 24-hour nursing care, but there are numerous Assisted Living communities in the area. The website to find more information on all communities is https://hhs.texas.gov/