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RALEIGH – (Oct.25) Gov. Bev Perdue today joined local officials at the opening of the new N.C. State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. The facility provides long-term health care for U.S. military veterans.
“We always like to say that North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the nation and it really shows with the opening of the new N.C. State Veterans Home in Black Mountain,” said Gov. Perdue. “This is how we show appreciation to those who served and sacrificed to make our state and country a better, safer place to live and prosper.”
The 100-bed Black Mountain facility provides residents with single rooms with private bath and features “neighborhoods” of 12-14 clients who share a common area with large-screen TV, dining room and a courtyard.
The facility also provides skilled-nursing care and is outfitted with a state-of-the-art therapy center, including a therapy pool. In addition, this 111,000-square-foot center features a Memory Support Unit for Alzheimer’s patients, as well as comprehensive therapy services.
Other speakers included Administration Secretary Moses Carey; Tim Wipperman, assistant secretary for Veteran Affairs; John M. Garcia, assistant deputy secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and other state and local officials.
The N.C. State Veterans Home program provides skilled care services to qualified North Carolina veterans. About 765,900 veterans reside in North Carolina and approximately 100,000 veterans in Western N.C. are served by the Asheville Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
The State Veterans Home program is a fully receipt-based operation. Homes operate on funds from private pay, Medicaid/Medicare, Veterans Affairs pension and/or per diem, and other sources such as gifts and donations. The N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs, which is part of the N.C. Department of Administration, employs a private provider to manage the facility. North Carolina currently operates two other facilities, a 150-bed facility in Fayetteville, and a 99-bed in Salisbury. A fourth facility in Kinston is scheduled to be completed in early 2013.
For additional information about the State Veterans Home program, visit the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.ncveterans.net.