Tennessee State Veteran’s Homes provide skilled nursing care for our veterans in four locations.
The central purpose and role of Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes is to:
- Provide optimal quality of care for our veterans, through rehabilitating residents to the maximum attainable level of independent functioning and providing 24 hour clinical oversight.
- Enhance quality of life through promoting socialization and participation in our impressive activity programs both on campus and off.
- Exceed the needs of those we serve through providing individualized care to the resident by encouraging both the resident and their family to have and interactive role in making decisions.
- Offer residents accommodations that foster comfort, dignity, and self-respect.
History of Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes
Public hearings by the Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs were held across the state in the fall of 1985 to identify the concerns of Tennessee’s veterans. Long term health care was clearly a priority concern and the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services (formerly Tennessee Department of Veteran Affairs) recommended that a system of State Veterans Homes be established.
The governing body for the Tennessee State Veterans Homes is the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board with responsibility for oversight of the day–to–day management and operations vested in the Executive Committee of the Board. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor to serve a 3–year term. The Executive Committee exercises its authority for planning, implementation and operation of the State Veterans’ Homes through the Executive Director and his or her staff. Administrators at each facility are responsible for the day–to–day operation of the facilities.
The first home opened in Murfreesboro on June 10, 1991. Located on a seven acre lot, deeded to the Board by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, adjacent to the Alvin C. York V.A. Medical Center, this is a 140 bed facility offering intermediate and skilled levels of nursing care in a one–story building encompassing 69,278 square feet.
All residents are cared for in such a manner and in such an environment as to promote enhancement of their quality of life without abridging the safety and rights of other residents. An interdisciplinary team approach to resident life is utilized to assure the quality of life. Residents and family members are involved in the care planning process, and resident participation is encouraged through a functioning resident council. Residents’ rights are posted and enforced as delineated in current federal and state standards.