Assisted Living Center at Topeka’s VA Campus to Open in Fall

The Veterans Administration plans to open an assisted living center on its Topeka campus for veterans with mild dementia.

The building on the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center campus is expected to open this fall.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the building will offer 12 private rooms with their own bathrooms. It also will offer such amenities as a social area, kitchen, dining area and outdoor courtyard.

Veterans Administration officials say the building will cost about $8.8 million to design and build.

Nurse manager Colleen Grinage says the center is designed for veterans with cognitive impairment or mild dementia. She says residents will be encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves, with supervision to ensure they are safe.