Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
VAMC opens remodeled Community Living Center
The newly remodeled Community Living Center at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center opened its doors and welcomed residents back home with a grand opening ceremony Friday, June 7.
Family members, friends and VAMC employees gathered to celebrate the return of the residents. Renovations on the new space began nearly 18 months ago with the goal of providing a home-like atmosphere for the residents. The 4.8 million dollar renovation includes 20 private resident rooms with 10 different Charleston themes. Some of Charleston’s most recognizable features are evident throughout the facility, from the iron gates and individualized entryways to the Rainbow Row Colors.
Residents will be able to enjoy restaurant style dining, with personal hosts and menus for meal selection. There will be weekly specials like eggs made to order, a taco bar, or carving stations. The 18,500 square foot renovation includes a Family Lounge featuring a view of the Ravenel Bridge, a simulated electric fire place and a 46-inch television. The residential-style kitchen will allow families to cook home-cooked meals for their Veteran family member.
“We, as a Nation, have been blessed as no other country in the history of the world,” said Carolyn Adams, Director of the VA Medical Center. “The sacrifices of our armed forces have given us the security and freedom in which we continue to grow and flourish as a Nation. It is our honor and privilege to care for our Veterans.”
Residents and their families toured the new CLC days before the grand opening and were amazed with the improvements and remodeling.
Vietnam Veteran and CLC resident William Teeter said he is excited to move into the new living space.
"It's not like anything you would ever think of as far as nursing home care. It's more like everybody is your buddy. You’ve got a friend on every corner," Teeter said. “I’m happy to call this place home.”