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Legislative Report: Kudos to the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon

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The [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] inspection was just completed, and zero deficiencies were found. Both the [Department of Veterans Affairs] survey team and the North Dakota ombudsman had praise for the veterans home, saying that they are a “model facility for culture change for state veterans homes.”

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They had very positive comments in several areas, including “one of the best infection control programs … seen”, and “one of the best dietary departments they have surveyed”.

I can vouch for the good food, since I visit there occasionally not only for meetings but also to visit my brother-in-law, who has lived there for a year.

The veterans home is a nearly new facility, opened in May of 2011. It is located on 90 acres of wooded land near the Sheyenne River, with beautiful grounds. It has 142 private rooms and four semi-private rooms, which accommodate married couples, and each room has a private bath. There are skilled-care as well as basic-care rooms. The services and recreational opportunities there are first-rate, and staff members are genuinely involved with the residents.

With all of the criticisms we have heard recently about VA facilities, everyone needs to know what an excellent place the veterans home is and how absolutely terrific the staff and the community of Lisbon are to the veterans who call this fine place home.

They truly do carry out their mission of “caring for America’s heroes.” Stop by and visit when you are near Lisbon, or check their website at www.nd.gov/ndvh for photos and additional information.

All North Dakotans should be proud of our veterans home.

- Sen. Judy Lee

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