Veteran living center receives high rating

Kayla Holst

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Western Colorado Health Care System has received the highest star rating for its Community Living Center in Grand Junction.

The rating is measured against private nursing homes through  comparative data and methods from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Community Living Center has received the highest star rating for 12 consecutive quarters.

The 31-bed Community Living Center houses veterans for short-term, long-term, rehabilitation and hospice care.

“Having the CLC attached to the hospital gives us more opportunity to wrap our arms around our veterans that call it home,” said Kayla Holst, director of communications and community development at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System.

Holst said staff at the CLC has organized events for patients, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day events as well as a private fireworks viewing on the parking garage and CLC Olympics. 

Families or veterans interested in the Community Living Center should contact their social worker on their assigned clinic or patient-aligned care team.