Veterans Alzheimer’s unit to get more beds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Construction is set to begin next month on a $23 million addition to the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home, which will help serve the growing demand among veterans for memory care.

Officials say the Truth or Consequences facility will expand its Alzheimer’s unit with about 60 beds. Two-thirds of those beds will be for Alzheimer’s patients and the rest will be for patients who need skilled nursing.

Officials say the current Alzheimer’s unit typically has a waiting list of seven to 10 patients.

According to the state Health Department, an estimated 34,000 New Mexicans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

The project is being funded by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant and state money.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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