Assisted living facility for veterans closing at Southern Center campus
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Assisted living facility for veterans closing at Southern Center campus

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The Southern Wisconsin Center, located outside Union Grove, is shutting down its assisted-living facility for veterans.

DOVER — After months of analysis, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to phase out its assisted living facility on the campus of the Southern Wisconsin Center near Union Grove due to declining demand and escalating costs, according to a news release.

“We want the very best for veterans,” WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar said in a release. “Unfortunately, given the decline in demand we are experiencing coupled with the expense of operating an assisted living center, we had to make the tough decision to discontinue the service”

Currently, there are 11 individuals living in the assisted living facility, Fairchild Hall, 21425D Spring St.

“We intend to make this transition as easy as possible for the 11 people living there,” Kolar said. “While some will be better served by skilled nursing, we will work to ensure that others will get as good or better care in the community.”

Each of the residents will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with a social worker to discuss his or her options and receive assistance with making arrangements.

Some individuals may qualify for skilled nursing care and may move into the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, 21425 Spring St., a skilled nursing facility also located on the Southern Center campus, if they wish. Others may choose to relocate to the community.

The changes do not affect residents of Gates Hall or Boland Hall, which are the skilled nursing facilities on the campus.

The WDVA received approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to notify individuals of the closing.

The facility will remain open until April 12, unless all individuals relocate before then. Staff at the assisted living facility will have the opportunity to transfer to positions within the skilled nursing facility if they choose.

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