The central purpose and role of Tennessee
State Veterans' Homes is to:
Provide quality of care and
quality of life for our veterans.
Rehabilitate residents to the
maximum attainable level of independent functioning by utilizing all
governmental and community services and therapies, and to provide a
comfortable, safe, sanitary environment
conducive to personal happiness.
available to residents, social and cultural activities of personal
interest designed to foster feelings of dignity and self-respect.
Meet the individual needs of
each resident to the greatest extent possible.
History of Tennessee State
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
Veterans Affairs recommended that a system of State Veterans Homes be
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
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.
Legislation passed by the General Assembly in 1993 provided for
construction of a second facility in Humboldt Tennessee. Also a 140 bed
facility offering intermediate and skilled levels of nursing care, this
one-story building encompassing some 74,870 square feet opened February
7, 1996. The third home in Knox County opened in December 2006. This
140 bed facility, offers intermediate and skilled levels of nursing
care in a spacious 73,065 square foot, one-story building. In each of
the three facilities, 20 of the beds are located in a secure, special
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.