Newington, Conn. (WTNH)– The first assisted living community for veterans is coming to Connecticut. Veterans Landing will be an innovative assisted living residence with 103 private apartments for low and moderate-income senior veterans and their spouses.
Veterans Landing will break ground in 2017 and will be built on the Newington Campus of the VA Connecticut Health Care System. The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has identified assisted living as a priority service for older or disabled veterans who are require some assistance to remain with their community but don’t require the care provided in a nursing home.
Nancy Pappas, Director of External Affairs, with the Community Renewal Team said, “Older Veterans in Connecticut will be the first to enjoy affordable assisted living. This is a new model of care that allows seniors to be comfortable and maintain independence and dignity. We thank the Veterans Administration for the opportunity to pioneer this project.”
“We are excited to be creating a new opportunity for older Veterans to live in comfortable, and beautiful surroundings while receiving the supports they need. Veterans Landing will provide 103 handicap-accessible apartments, with on-site medical and physical therapy services, recreation rooms, library and computer lab, a convenience store, chapel and much more. Each Veteran will receive three meals a day and help with activities of daily living. The development will remain affordable for low- and moderate-income veterans” said Gus Keach-Longo, Vice President of Senior Services with CRT.
“A big thank you to our partners from the American Legion Connecticut Department, for naming Veterans Landing as the Commander’s Project for this year. With the support of the 26,000 American Legion members across the state, we know that we will succeed in raising money and awareness of this important project for senior Veterans,” added Keach-Longo.