North Dakota Veterans Home
NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS HOME-BASIC CARE
1400 Rose St. /PO Box 673
Lisbon, ND 58054-0673
Telephone number: (701) 683-6530 Fax number (701) 683-6550
GENERAL INFORMATION AND GUIDE
The Mission of the North Dakota Veterans Home is to provide a safe, clean, homelike environment to meet the medical, social, emotional, and psychological needs of eligible residents, with the focus on improving their health and maintaining their independence while respecting their confidentiality and personal dignity.
Veterans/Spouses are admitted and/or retained without distinction due to race, color, national origin, handicapping condition, religion, creed, sex, or age; who do not endanger the health, safety, or rights of other residents; and whose needs can be met in accordance with State/Federal regulations regarding care, facility policies, fiscal resources, and staff adequate in numbers, qualifications, training, and skills. Admission to the home is made on completed forms furnished by the Veterans Home. These forms may be obtained from the County Veteran Service Officer, the Veterans Administration Social Work Services, or directly from the Home. The forms consist of the "Application for Admission" and the "Medical Certificate". The Certification by a County Official must also be completed by either an elected or appointed county official.
The completed application along with the discharge or certificate of service is forwarded to the Commandant who submits the Application for Admission, Medical Certificate and discharge papers to the Board of Admissions for action. The applicant is notified by letter of the action taken and normally has 30 days to report for admission if the application has been approved.
The North Dakota Veterans Home, located in Lisbon, North Dakota, consists of 112 basic care and 38 skilled nursing beds. The Veterans Home was established to provide service to eligible veterans who are:
1. Bona fide residents of North Dakota for at least one year; or
2. Served in a North Dakota regiment (activated N.D. National Guard): or
3. Entered the Armed Forces as a North Dakota resident; or
4. Spouse or surviving spouse of above Veterans.
No veteran may be considered eligible for residency whose last period of service in the armed forces terminated under dishonorable conditions.
No veteran may be admitted to the Home who has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, without producing sufficient evidence of subsequent good conduct and reformation of character so as to be satisfactory to the board of admissions.
COST TO THE RESIDENTS
BASIC CARE: Each applicant upon entering the Basic Care Unit will have his finances reviewed and a rent charge determined if applicable.
SKILLED NURSING FACILITY: Charges are based on the case mix payment system developed by the state. The rate is determined by the resident’s classification which is generated by information regarding the amount of care the resident requires. The rate may also be supplemented by VA per diem and Aid and Attendance. If the resident is qualified by the VA, these payments directly offset his/her daily rate.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOME
Activities personnel supervise all activities and recreation programs at the Home. They are liaison between veteran, fraternal, church, and other organizations in the state who volunteer their services. The programs cover a broad spectrum including crafts, woodworking, concerts, field trips, community programs, games, dances, parties, movies, picnics, gifts and special holiday activities. An extensive library with a wide range of books, magazines, and daily and weekly papers is available. TV lounges are provided for regular entertainment. Residents may also have their own TVs in their rooms. Cable is provided for a fee. The residents have their own daily coffee hour both morning and afternoon where they can gather, have coffee, or hot chocolate and visit. Popcorn is made by residents for all to enjoy. One lounge has been designated a "listening room" which includes cassettes, 8-tracks, AM-FM radio and phonographs. The lounge has a selection of records, tapes and talking books for their listening pleasure.
Well prepared appetizing food is served in a pleasant dining area located on the ground floor. Dietary service is provided for those with special needs. The weekly menu is also posted for review by the residents. Dietary service is provided for those with special needs by a Licensed Dietitian. Skilled residents have their meals provided in their dining room.
If you feel you need glasses or dental care, contact your social worker or charge nurse to make an appointment. These types of examinations will be at your own expense.
Housekeeping services are provided on a routine basis and clean linen and towels are furnished regularly.
The home provides weekly laundry services to its residents. Clothing should be durable and colorfast so it may be laundered frequently. Although cotton shirts and trousers are acceptable, permanent press is recommended. No dry cleaning service is available, consequently, dry cleanable clothing must be presentably maintained at the resident’s expense.
Medical services are provided by a local physician who conducts weekly visits and is on emergency call to the Home. Nursing Service distributes medications, administers insulin shots, and gives oxygen therapy. If hospitalization is required by any of the residents, they will be admitted to their hospital of choice. Medications are not furnished by the Home. Consequently, if residents do not qualify for medication through the Veterans Administration, they are required to purchase it locally.
CHEMICAL ADDICTION PROGRAM
The Home has a consulting Licensed Addiction Counselor on staff to handle any alcohol/drug problems that occur.
This process consists of the following:
a. A evaluation completed on all new residents within the first two weeks after admittance.
b. Individualized program development for each resident, that may include Medical, recreation/work activities as well as Pastoral services.
c. Implementation of group therapy, family therapy, and individual counseling as necessary.
d. Development of ongoing AA groups at the Home.
e. Inpatient referrals to other chemical dependency treatment service as necessary.
All residents with alcohol/drug problems are required to participate in addiction programming. Developmental process provides a full range of service to the individual experiencing alcohol and drug problems. The need for changes in programming will be re-assessed on a continuing basis and any changes necessary will be initiated.
A barber/beautician visits the Home every week. Payment for the service is handled by the member or the Cashier’s office. Residents of the Skilled Nursing facility are provided one haircut per month, anything more than that is the residents expense.
Most of the dormitory rooms are two-member rooms and provide adequate clothing storage facilities. Two elevators furnish easy access to all four floors for the members who cannot easily negotiate stairs.
Many of the local veteran organizations and their auxiliaries make numerous trips to the Home during the year to provide entertainment. The entertainment is usually in the form of bingo, games or musical programs. The local community groups also sponsor entertainment throughout the year.
Residents with an automobile at the Home must show proof of a paid liability insurance premium and must possess a valid driver’s license. Residents are assigned a parking spot in the resident parking lot.
All members are expected to conduct themselves in a socially acceptable manner at all times.
The home cannot hold you against your will. Should you wish to be discharged, every effort will be made to contact your guardian or representative family member before you are discharged. Your social worker will assist you with discharge plans. Documentation of such discharges will be recorded in your medical record.
All members are expected to practice good general hygiene, such as bathing, changing clothes, shaving, and keeping well groomed.
PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES
You are not to pay employees or give them gifts to perform services.
All clothing must be marked with your name in indelible ink. All personal items brought into the Home must be marked. Heating pads and hot water bottles are not permitted without an order from the attending physician.
A part-time chaplain serves the member of the Home by providing counseling and spiritual guidance. The chaplain also coordinates with other pastors in the community who conduct weekly religious services at the Home for both Catholic and Protestant members. Funeral services or memorial services are also conducted.
You may make an appointment for psychiatric consultation through your social worker, charge nurse, or physician. The psychiatrist interviews all members referred to him/her by the staff and follows the individuals progress.
One wing of the ground floor has been modified for resident use. Rooms within the wing are equipped with various types of equipment requested by the residents themselves. Included are sewing machines, leather tools, loom, exercise equipment, grow lights, saws, drill press, lathe, ceramic supplies and equipment, and washers and dryers for residents who prefer to do their own laundry. There is also a whirlpool for residents who require its use by doctor’s orders and is only used under the medical department’s supervision.
Social Services are available to help you with family problems, counseling, referrals for glasses, hearing aids, etc. The Social Worker may also be able to help you over come problems within the Home, such as difficulties with roommates or any other frustrating situations. Each member has his/her own case manager.
Residents interested in employment at the Home are found jobs for which they are paid minimum wage and it is implemented in their care plan. They may be employed in Dietary, Laundry, Maintenance, Housekeeping, and other departments where work is available.
Checked 1 March 2010
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