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How we're different

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Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake

Here are a few of the things that set us apart from other nursing homes:


Veteran camaraderie


The Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake serves only veterans, veterans’ spouses and Gold-Star Parents, creating a unique atmosphere among long-term care facilities. Residents enjoy camaraderie with other veterans and respect from staff and volunteers, who value the contributions these service men, women and their families have made to our country.


Comprehensive daily rate


We offer one comprehensive daily rate, with no extra charges for:


  • Medications
  • Primary care physician services
  • Oxygen
  • Wheelchairs
  • Other medical supplies
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapy
  • Transportation to medical appointments; and more!


Two levels of care

Homelake is the only Colorado State Veterans Home offering two levels of care: a skilled nursing home and domiciliary cottages (similar to assisted living). These options enable residents to transfer between levels of care while remaining in a familiar environment. Life-enhancing friendships can be maintained, and couples with different needs for care still can reside on the same campus.

Setting and environment

Our nursing home and domiciliary cottages are set on a beautiful rural campus with historic buildings, the Homelake History Center and the Homelake Cemetery, with close access to fishing and abundant wildlife. Surrounded by towering spruce trees, our 25-acre campus combines a sense of tranquility with comprehensive medical care.


Meaningful activities and resident involvement (“culture change”)


The Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake has embraced the long-term care “culture change” movement. Caregivers, other staff, residents and family members can receive training designed by culture change pioneer The Eden Alternative. Based on this training, the staff strives to make our community more like home and to reduce or eliminate residents’ feelings of helplessness, loneliness and boredom.


Some of the culture change approaches used at Homelake include:


Resident empowerment


Residents are empowered with choices regarding meals, activities, physician selection, aspects of their care and preferred times for bathing, sleeping and dining. The vision for our residents says it best: “We are encouraged and empowered to choose the daily care and services we receive in our Home. This fosters our independence, freedom and the opportunity to participate in life-enhancing friendships with respect and dignity — eliminating helplessness, boredom and loneliness.”


Activities and community events 


Our diverse activity program offers intergenerational programs, a drama club, a greenhouse and gardening opportunities. We organize a Veterans Day open house, Valentine’s for Veterans event, Memorial Day observance and other events to engage our residents in meaningful activities while providing veteran camaraderie and a sense of purpose. Homelake also involves residents in parades and other local activities, recognizing veterans for the heroes they are.


For a list of The Eden Alternative’s 10 principles, please click here .


Customer satisfaction


In surveys conducted over the past five years, family members of Homelake’s residents have reported a high degree of satisfaction levels with the care their loved ones are receiving. For example, among more than 5,000 participating nursing homes from across the country, Homelake’s family members consistently have rated their “Overall Satisfaction” at levels that exceed state and national averages.


In addition, in four of the past five years, Homelake’s nursing home residents have reported “Overall Satisfaction” levels that exceeded national averages compared to other nursing home residents who completed the survey.

These surveys were conducted by My InnerView, a national long-term care evaluation firm with the largest set of senior care satisfaction data in the nation.

Nursing attention


Colorado’s State Veterans Nursing Homes strive to ensure that nursing staff coverage meets the needs of our residents. According to data reported by Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web site, Colorado’s State Veterans Homes consistently have exceeded national averages for the number of registered nurse (RN) staff hours per resident per day.


Staff longevity


Among the thousands of nursing homes that report their quality-of-care care data to the long-term care evaluation firm “My InnerView,” year after year Colorado’s State Veterans Homes have scored well above average on stability of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Caregiver stability, defined as being on the job for one year or more, can help residents bond with caregivers and contributes to a home-like environment.

Homelake staff