Work on the Utah State Veterans Home in Payson is well underway, with only a slight delay because of a water issue and the drain system. The home is scheduled to have its official opening in May 2013.
"We are excited to see the footings and that they are getting ready to pour the concrete pads," said Gary Schwartz, chairman of the Central Utah Veterans Council. "The plumbing is stubbed up and the contractor is confident they will be able to make up for lost time by adding extra manpower."
The groundbreaking for the home was held on Dec. 14. The land was contributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through its real estate arm, Farmland Reserve. The facility will have 108 private rooms with private bathrooms and showers and will provide skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, long-term care, hospice care, Alzheimer's and dementia care, behavioral health programs and therapeutic recreation. The facility will primarily serve veterans from Utah, Carbon, Emery, Juab, Millard and Sevier counties, but will be open to all Utah residents who qualify as veterans. To be eligible for admission to the facility, veterans must be registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs. DailyHerald