Veteran’s News: Wisconsin’s veterans’ homes
There are two veterans’ homes in Wisconsin. They are located in King (Waupaca) and Union Grove. Union Grove also offers an assisted living facility.
In order to be eligible for entry into a veterans’ home, a veteran must have been a resident of Wisconsin at the time of entry onto active duty, or they had to have resided in Wisconsin for any consecutive 12-month period after entry. Additionally, they had to have served on active duty for two or more years, or the full period of their initial service obligation, whichever is less. They are also eligible if they served on active duty for at least 90 days, with at least one day served during time of war. Spouses of eligible veterans may also become members if they meet the residency requirements.
Wisconsin veterans’ homes are not your standard nursing homes. They are communities that offer a variety of activities and amenities. Whether you are simply looking for a safe, clean facility with all the benefits, or you need some assistance in your daily living, the veterans’ homes can meet your expectations. The campuses offer a full complement of professional and social services, medical and dental care, meals and snacks, activities such as bingo and card games, parties, pharmacy services, therapies, housekeeping, laundry, barber and beautician services, religious services, field trips and countless opportunities to enjoy the company of other veterans and their spouses.
The cost of care varies depending on the level of care needed. Members who are able to pay for the total cost of their care will be billed monthly. Members who are unable to pay the costs of their care may be eligible for Medicaid. Veterans who are 70 percent service disabled or higher through the VA do not have to use their disability compensation to pay for their care. They are able to keep their full VA disability payment.
Tammy Walters is available at (715) 369-6127, or via email at [email protected]