Designs Revealed for Preston Veterans Home

December 06, 2018 06:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A 54-bed veteran home that will serve veterans, military spouses and gold star parents is expected to open in Preston in May 2021.

Co-chair of the Veterans Home Committee Ron Scheevel received his draft notice in 1965.

 "I spent a one year tour in Vietnam to arrive back home in 1968," he said.


He explained that the people he met motivated him to make sure the Preston home is able to provide a much-needed service to those who have served.

"Whenever I get a chance I say that what I've been working on in this project is not for myself...but for all of my comrades that had it a lot tougher than I did,” he said.

Thursday the preliminary design plans were revealed to the public.

"We are getting away from those institutional type nursing homes that people might be familiar with,” said Douglas Hughes with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs.

He added that the way to do that is with the actual structure of the home.

There will be three different wings, or “households” made up of 18 private rooms, each with a bathroom and shower. At least one wing will be devoted specifically to people with dementia.
"They're called households and two households combined are called a neighborhood. We want to provide that feeling for our residents," Hughes said.

The interior will build on that feeling, with a contemporary rustic feel and earthy colors.

Ron Scheevel is looking forward to seeing the finished product.

"The fact that they are going to incorporate the natural look and stones to make it look more homey and less institutionalized…I'm really pleased with their thought process,” he said.

There are expected to be nearly 90 full-time employees at the home. They will be trained to deal with residents who have dementia or other mental health needs. 


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