State Veterans Home information
Click below for answers to the questions on this page:
Where are Colorado's State Veterans Homes located?
Who is eligible for admission?
What forms and documents are needed for admission?
What services are available?
How are Colorado’s State Veterans Homes different from other nursing homes?
Where can I get more information?
Colorado’s State Veterans Homes can be found in the following areas. (Click on the links to go directly to the page for each Home.):
Aurora: Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons
Florence: Bruce McCandless State Veterans Home
Monte Vista/Homelake: Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake
Rifle: Colorado State Veterans Home at Rifle
Walsenburg: Colorado State Veterans Home at Walsenburg
Honorably discharged veterans, veterans’ spouses or widows and “Gold-Star Parents” (non-veterans, any of whose children have died while serving in the Armed Forces) are eligible for long-term care or short-term rehabilitation in all Colorado State Veterans Homes. Medical criteria also must be met.
To complete and print our Admission Form, click here.
Admission agreements are available for each State Veterans Home. To review and print an admission agreement, click the link below; then select the location that interests you; and click on "Eligibility and Admissions."
For a list of other documents needed for admission, click here.
The following services are available at Colorado’s State Veterans Homes:
- Long-term care: These services include skilled nursing care; speech, physical and occupational therapy; social activities; and assistance with bathing, dressing and other daily activities.
- Short-term rehabilitation: Individuals seeking to return home following a qualifying hospital stay can work to regain skills and improve physical strength, endurance and aerobic capacity through Medicare-certified rehabilitation services.
- Domiciliary cottages (similar to assisted living): The Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake (Monte Vista) offers assisted living-like services in 48 recently renovated cottages.
- Memory care services: Specialized care for individuals with dementia is offered in all State and Veterans Nursing Homes. Secure units are available at the State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, Florence, Rifle and Walsenburg.
- Short-term “respite” care: Respite care can provide a helpful option when homecare providers are unavailable. These short-term stays are offered at the State Veterans Homes at Florence, Homelake, Rifle and Walsenburg.
- End-of-life/hospice services: Comfort-oriented care is offered at all State and Veterans Nursing Homes.
Here are just a few of the things offered by Colorado’s State Veterans Homes:
- Veteran camaraderie and respect
- One comprehensive daily rate
- Meaningful activities and resident involvement (“culture change”)
- High ratings of family satisfaction
- Amount of nursing attention per resident
- Staff stability and length of employment
Click on the link below for more information about Colorado's State Veterans Homes: