SPRING CITY, Pa., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett, along with Pennsylvania's Adjutant General Major General Wesley E. Craig and Secretary of the Department of General Services Sheri Phillips, today cut the ribbon on a new $41.2 million addition to the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, Chester County.
"We are honoring an obligation to those who in the best tradition of Pennsylvania served to protect us,'' Corbett said. "Now it's our turn to watch over them and we are honored to do so.''
"This new addition focuses on the 'Community Living Center' concept, intended to de-institutionalize long-term care by eliminating large nursing facilities and creating a more home-like setting for our residents," Craig said. "We consider it a privilege to serve those who have done so much to protect our freedoms and preserve our cherished way of life."
The new four-story, 140,000-square foot Community Living Center is constructed for 120 residents. An enclosed bridge serves as the connecting link for the new Center and the existing Coates Hall.
The center consists of 90 skilled care and 30 dementia care beds. The second, third and fourth floors consist of two homes, with 15 residents residing in each home. The ground floor houses the dementia unit and an attached town center, with amenities such as a chapel, clinic, canteen cafe area, library and multipurpose room. The dementia unit includes a secure outside area with walking paths, benches and a sensory garden.
Each resident throughout the Community Living Center will have a private bedroom, full bath and capabilities for personal electronic equipment such as television, DVD, computer and printer. This innovative concept offers privacy, support, enjoyment and a place to call home.
For more information about residency or volunteer opportunities at Southeastern Veterans Center, visit www.sevc.state.pa.us or follow DMVA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.
Media contact: Joan Nissley, 717-861-8720
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs