YUMA, Ariz. – An assisted living space new to Yuma hopes to ensure the quality of life for elderly veterans and veteran families. Their team says they’ll do this by providing a home at the lowest cost possible. Deric Millis with Veteran Assisted Living said, “We have about 15 to 16,000 vets living in Yuma County as of the last census. so it’s definitely a great place and in Phoenix and in Tucson they have a lot of VA benefits here there’s not a whole lot.”
Non-profit owned Veterans Assisted Living opens its doors next month. They already have a waiting list of more than 100 people. “A lot of people, they’re not nursing home yet but they can’t live safely at home. And they’re falling through the cracks, and they’re falling through the cracks because they can’t afford it. But just because they don’t have the money to afford it does not mean that they should not get those services,” said Millis.
Staff at VA Living say they’re different because they strive to provide a cozy environment for vets that need an extra hand physically but also financially. “The vast majority of the people living here will not be paying the $2,950 [a month] they will be paying in the hundreds out of their pocket and it will be supplemented with the benefits they are eligible for,” said Millis.
A coordinator works for free with each individual to track down state and federal benefits veterans and families qualify for. This brings down monthly cost without compromising care. Veterans Resource Coordinator Sergio Sarabia said, “Giving them that time is kind of a personal satisfaction to know that I’m doing something great for somebody and that they’re not being turned away without any help that’s kind of priceless on its own.”
Veterans Assisted Living is privately owned, but organizers say this helps them move quicker and establish a more homely setting without the red tape. To qualify you must be a veteran, a veteran spouse, or have a veteran parent plus require medical care. VA Living is located at 2600 S. 4th Ave. Yuma, AZ. You can call (928) 580-5281 for more information.