Next week will be exciting for a group of 90 Iowa Veterans Home residents as they move into newly-remodeled rooms in the Malloy North Tower.
Phase one of a three-phase $36.6 million renovation of the Malloy and Dack buildings has been completed.
These residents will move from double occupancy to single occupancy rooms which provides a more home-like feel.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson points out the features of a newly-renovated resident room in Malloy Hall Friday. Many rooms have been renovated so residents can have private rooms with private bathrooms.
"They are very excited and of course we are very excited for them to have such a great space to live in," said IVH Commandant Jodi Tymeson. "This is their home and so we want it to feel like home."
The renovated units include their own private bathroom with shower and more space than the cozy two-bedroom units they've become accustomed to.
To help ease the transition to their new living arrangements, the residents have toured the newly-renovated rooms.
"We've had those residents up there so they can see where they are moving, which helps the process," said Shauna Callaway, nursing administrator at IVH.
Staff have also made a concerted effort to have roommates who formed a bond to be located near each other as they each have their own private room now.
Tymeson said the staff at IVH have done a fantastic job preparing for the move. Michael Steen, project manager with the contractor DCI, said the project has gone "pretty smoothly."
The work was paid through a federal Department of Veterans Affairs grant (65 percent) and 35 percent state funds.
Phase two will renovate three floors of the Malloy South Tower by May 2015 while phase three will renovate the Dack Building by May 2016.
Add in the Fox and Ulery buildings which were completed in 2012 and IVH leaders continue to strive for all residents to have a private room with their own bathroom and move away from the institutional feel of the living at the facility.