Retiring Veterans Find Living the Relaxed Life is a Bit Harder
By: Lauren Keith
Even after that preparation, he still waited a full year before he could get in and live there.
"So, I sold my home and got ready," said Drickey.
Coincendentally, just one week before the Veterans home staff called Drickey to let him a know a spot was ready, something else forced him to need this home even more.
"I had a heart attack," he said.
"A lot of people want to be on the list just in case something happens," said Donna Reynolds, Director of Admissions at the Missouri Veterans Home.
Donna Reynolds says veterans who need a light amount of care often are admitted first. However, she says when you need the care the most, the veterans home often does not have a spot open. The state only allows the home to have a certain amount of patients who need full assistance live here, and those who already live in the home, take precedence.
"I would definitely be on the list. We call every six months, and you can turn it down each time, but you should probably stay on the list to secure a spot," said Reynolds.