Montevideo Veterans Home on target for summer 2023 opening
Construction on the 72-unit veterans home facility in Montevideo is on schedule for an opening just over a year away in the summer of 2023. Applications for residency will open in September of this year.
MONTEVIDEO — Construction is on schedule for a summer 2023 opening of the future Minnesota Veterans Home in Montevideo. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs shared that news during a virtual meeting with Montevideo community stakeholders last week.
The department expects the first residents will be able to move in in August 2023.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for residence in September 2022, the department announced in a news release. The home will be located on a 13.5-acre site at the intersection of William Avenue and County Road 15.
State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke told participants in the virtual meeting that the community's continued support is appreciated.
“Our commitment to, and pride in, this project remains strong. Great progress is being made on construction; we are on schedule and looking forward to the summer of 2023 when we open a beautiful new veterans home in Montevideo," he stated.
A groundbreaking event was held in August 2021 and construction started shortly thereafter.
The Montevideo Veterans Home reflects a prairie-style inspired design that integrates natural materials such as wood and stone into the spaces. The public spaces include a town center featuring a small coffee shop/cafe, theater/meeting room, family dining room, meditation room/chapel, and club room.
The 72 residential units all have private baths and will be split into two sections and four “neighborhoods” of 18 residents each, avoiding long institutional-feeling hallways.
Simone Hogan, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs senior director for veterans health care, discussed resident admissions and said that the home will be able to accommodate residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease with a Memory Care unit. The number of rooms dedicated to Memory Care will depend on the residents who are admitted.
As the time draws near, the department will publish a number of communications regarding the timeline to submit resident applications. More information will also be available on the department website at mn.gov/mdva .
Admissions will be based on the required state administrative rule process, according to Hogan. For admissions inquiries, email NewHomesAdmissions@state.mn.us .
Kari Bautch, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs human resources director for the new Minnesota Veterans Homes, highlighted the staffing needs for the new home, with 164 employees needed to fill full- and part-time positions. Roles will include a range of positions from the home administrator and care staff to housekeeping, maintenance and food service workers.
Hiring for leadership roles will likely begin in fall 2022 with direct care and other staff being hired in phases leading up to the opening of the new home and beyond. For employment inquiries, email NewHomesJobs@state.mn.us .
For more information, visit the department website at MinnesotaVeteran.org/FutureHomes .