Wyoming’s first veteran-focused skilled nursing facility opens

CHEYENNE – Wyoming’s first dedicated veterans’ skilled nursing facility to provide long-term care to veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star families recently opened.

“Our veterans are an integral part of Wyoming’s rich heritage, and it is an honor to celebrate the completion of the first veterans skilled nursing facility in Wyoming,” said Governor Mark Gordon. “Veterans and their families embody the spirit of Wyoming through their courageous and selfless actions to protect the freedoms we hold dear. This magnificent facility reflects the honor and dignity owed to those who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life.

Based on the green house concept, the state-of-the-art facility features three cabins, each accommodating 12 veterans, providing a superior level of care for 36 eligible veterans and family members. The Green House concept differs from a traditional nursing home in terms of facility size, interior design, organizational structure, staffing patterns and methods of delivering skilled professional services. It is designed from the ground up to look like a real home. Each cottage offers a private bedroom and bathroom for residents, as well as a common area including a living room, an open kitchen and a dining table.

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“Many people have worked hard to make this dream come true,” said Jack Tarter, a longtime veterans advocate and member of the Wyoming Veterans Commission. “It’s the best way to take care of our veterans and their spouses and meet their needs.”

The state-owned and operated Veterans Home of Wyoming is the result of a partnership between the Wyoming Veterans’ Commission, the State of Wyoming, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The AV provided 65% of the funding, and the Wyoming Legislature, with support from the Governor, provided the 35% matching share. By leveraging VA and Medicaid reimbursements, the state can offer lower-cost private pay rates to veterans who can reside at the facility.

Honorably discharged veterans, state National Guard members disabled in the line of duty, their spouses, and Gold Star family members are eligible, with preference given to veterans and spouses.

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