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The Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles was the first State Veterans Home in Oregon, opening its doors in the fall of 1997.
  The facility is nestled on a hillside, overlooking the majestic Columbia River, with clear views of the Columba River Gorge. 

One of the many things that truly sets The Dalles Veterans’ Home apart from other care communities are the residents.The Dalles Veterans’ Home is situated on 15 acres located in the historic Columbia Gorge community of The Dalles.  Residents have a beautiful panoramic view of the city, the Columbia River, The Dalles Dam and the majestic Mount Hood.

The core mission at The Dalles is to provide the state’s aged or disabled veterans with rehabilitative, residential, and medical care and services in a home-like environment.  The home also acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice Oregon veterans have made and recognizes them for their noble service to our nation. The Home can care for as many as 151 residents who need long-term care in a care facility that provides skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to veterans, their spouses and parents who have lost a child to war-time service.


Types of Care

Residents at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles (OVHTD) receive care from a nursing staff with the skills and understanding to meet the unique and special needs of veterans and their family members. The OVHTD is Medicare and Medicaid certified, and incorporates the latest advances in skilled nursing, rehabilitation and memory related care.

Skilled Nursing
In order to be admitted to any Oregon Veterans' Home, a resident must be in need of 24-hour nursing care as recommended by their Primary Care Physician (PCP), and the USDVA must concur with the physician on this assessment.  OVHTD's nursing model features individualized, goal-oriented care that includes comprehensive around-the-clock services, on-call physician coverage, medication administration, a quality memory care unit, certified physical rehabilitation, and speech and occupational therapists. We are excited about the highly trained interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals who provide routine healthcare assessments to better meet the needs of our honored veteran residents.


This skilled service is available to any resident at the OVHTD who requires short-term rehabilitative aid during their recovery to allow them to return home after hospitalization. The Home’s nursing team is complemented by physical, occupational, and speech therapists who provide specific physician ordered services that help our guests meet their maximum rehabilitative potential. Our Admissions Coordinator is available to work closely with hospital discharge planners to quickly process these applications. Rehabilitation services are provided as needed to improve and maintain the veteran’s highest level of functioning and quality of life. These services begin with a thorough evaluation and written plan of care before the appropriate therapy is provided.  To speak with our staff about your individual needs, please contact us.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia
We are dedicated to serving the unique medical needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory related conditions.  From our building design here at The Dalles Veterans’ Home, to our carefully selected staff and specialized programming and care management.  We focus on the individual needs of each respected resident and family we serve. The philosophy of care at The Dalles Home addresses both individual residents and the memory care community.  The primary goal is the achievement of the highest possible quality of life for our honored guests.

Care in this unit is a partnership between staff and residents, and their families.  Beginning with the resident’s life story and continuing with involvement in care planning, our staff welcomes the involvement of residents and their families in all aspects of life in this department.  Many different elements are used to contribute to the daily living and compassionate care of residents.

There is a waiting list that varies in length and availability for this specific care.  





  Award Winning

Home Earns the Gold – Excellence in QualityAwardIn 2014, the Oregon Veterans’ Home, located in The Dalles, was recognized as the first and only state veterans’ home nationally to ever earn the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award for superior performance in the long-term and post-acute care profession.

The award is one of three distinct awards possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The competitive award program recognizes centers across the nations that have earned this award have not only demonstrated superior quality outcomes but who continue to strive for excellence.  Since the program’s inception in 1996, out of some 15,000 nursing homes in the U.S., AHCA/NCAL has recognized only 24 organizations with an award at the Gold level, the final and most rigorous level of the National Quality Award Program.


Top Rated Nursing Home by U.S. News and World Reports

The place where honor lives, the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, was named one of the top rated nursing homes in Oregon. U.S. News & World Report fifth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings in 2015.  The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide.


Admissions Process

Care at the OVHTD is an earned benefit offered by the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA). When a veteran has a United States Department of Veterans' Affairs (USDVA) physician’s certification that nursing home care is needed due to a service connected disability, they may be eligible to have some or all of the cost of care at the OVHTD covered by the USDVA.  

We understand the unique needs of the men and women who served our county and our staff gladly assist veterans and their families during the application process to determine the best options for your living arrangements and cost of care. 

Determine Eligibility

To be admitted to the OVHTD, an applicant must be:

•  A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, as defined by the USDVA, discharged under general or honorable conditions; or

•  The spouse, or surviving spouse of a veteran as defined by the USDVA; or

•  Gold Star Parent (parent who lost a child to war-time service)

An applicant must also:

•  Be able to pay the resident’s portion of the cost of care, if any

•  Be in need of skilled or intermediate nursing home care as determined by physician AND USDVA

•  Not require medical care for which the Home is not equipped or staffed to provide

•  Not have violent traits that may prove dangerous to the veteran, residents of the Home, staff or others


Applicants must submit an Application for Admission and USDVA 1010 EZ and include copies of the following:

•​  The veteran’s DD214 (military discharge papers)

•  The veteran’s (or admitting resident’s) current insurance information

•  A marriage certificate (for spouses of veterans only)

•​  Power of Attorney (POA) papers

•  A USDVA physician’s certification that nursing home care is needed (Form 1010SH, this will be provided by the facility).

Application Forms

Admissions Process

Once submitted, OVHTD’s Admissions Coordinator will contact the applicant or the responsible party upon reviewing the application. Upon approval, the applicant will be scheduled for admission based on occupancy availability.


The Oregon Veterans’ Homes (both in The Dalles and in Lebanon) are a benefit meant to provide exclusive, first-class, long-term care at an affordable price exclusively as a benefit for Oregon veterans, their spouse, and Gold Star Parents (parents who lost a child to war-time combat).

Part of the Homes’ affordability comes from an established benefit which allows veteran residents to combine private, federal, and/or Medicare or Medicaid funding to cover daily costs. Both Homes experience a higher than state average occupancy rate primarily because of the commitment to providing the highest quality of care at lower costs to veteran residents.

Daily room rates include room, board, medication management and skilled nursing care, as well as amenities and activities.  Specialized memory related care (for residents with Alzheimer’s or memory care needs) is an additional cost.

The base OVHTD veteran private pay rate (non-memory care) has been set at $180 per patient day (ppd), effective October 2016.  Other rates include: 

•  $187 ppd, for veteran memory/Alzheimer care residents

•  $232 ppd, for spouse general nursing care

•  $239 ppd, for spouse memory/Alzheimer care residents


Oregon Veterans’ Home The Dalles
700 Veterans’ Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Main: (541) 296-7190

Fax: (541)  296-7862

Program Director and Veteran Service Officer

Dallas Swafford
(541) 296-7190 ext 228

Cheryl Maitland
541-296-7190 ext 226

Admissions Coordinator

Diane Wanous, LPN
541-296-7190 ext 233


We are currently hiring for CNA and RN positions; full-time, part-time, and on call opportunities. The OVHTD does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age.  Down load the OVHTD Employment Application.pdfOVHTD Employment Application.pdf.




Have you ever wondered how you could give back to those who gave so much? Donating your time or resources to the OVHTD is a great way to start.

Your financial donation to the Home goes towards activities and items that make life more enjoyable for the residents, including: field trips, exercise equipment, refreshments for outings, transportation, medical equipment and supplies, benches, patios, plants, and magazine subscriptions. All donations are tax-deductible.

Online donations Online donations are accepted on ODVA's website. Click here to Donate.

On site or by mail

The reception desk at the OVHTD is happy to accept your donation and provide a receipt on site, in The Dalles.

You may also chose to send donations:

Oregon Veterans' Home - The Dalles

Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs 

700 Summer St NE

Salem, Oregon 97301

Other Types of Giving

Donations to the OVHTD are used to support our veteran residents or augment the many programs we have. Donations are used to enhance the quality of life for veterans through activities, events, and equipment. Great consideration is taken to use the gifts to improve the quality of life for our honored veterans to enjoy. (We reserve the right to carefully select what donations are accepted and prefer each donation to be in good to best condition for the honor of our veteran residents).

Our residents need/use the following items:

•  Newspaper Subscriptions

•  Cigarettes

•  Woodworking Supplies

•  Wii Games (and corresponding remotes)


•  CD Players/Radios (portable), Music CDs

•  DVD/Blu-Ray Players

•  Toys for small children who visit our veteran residents

•  Large Dominoes

•  Birthday Supplies (balloons, string, signs)

•  Large-piece Puzzles (under 300 pieces)

•  Fishing Supplies

•  Gardening Supplies

•  Trivia Books

•  Batteries, (AA, AAA, C, D)

•  Phone Cards

•  Non-alcoholic Beer (O’Doul’s, Coors Cutter, etc.)

•  Electric Razors (Norelco, Remington, etc.)

•  Hearing Aid Batteries

•  Travel Documentaries (DVD/Blu-ray)

•  “Forever” Postage Stamps

The items on the list are not to limit those who want to give. If there is something you are interested in donating to the OVHTD, which is not on the list, please contact the Home ahead of time before bringing the item(s) in to the building. 

Memory Care Specific Needs
Our Memory Care unit specializes in providing honorable care for veteran residents with dementia-related issues. Donations for this area are specific and aimed at providing engaging activities for our honored guests. Our veteran residents in Delta Unit need/use the following items:

•  Cooking/baking kits

•  Race car tracks and cars

•  Large table top games and activities

•  Easy assemble wooden models (boats, planes, ships, cars, trucks)

•  Card making supplies (stickers, card stock, stamps, fine-point markers, ribbons)

•  Calm music CDs (classical piano, Zen, nature sounds)

Charitable Gifts

Another way to give to the OVHTD is to donate a portion of your state tax refund. Oregon Department of Revenue’s Charitable Checkoff program allows you to donate all or part of your Oregon tax refund to the Home. Contact the Program Director for details. Remember that all donations are tax deductible.



Members of veteran service organizations or community groups such as schools or church associations are always welcome and are needed and necessary at the OVHTD. You could say it is vital to the well-being of our veteran residents. Volunteer activities are diverse and include everything from a friendly visit with a veteran or group of veterans, to assisting resident groups of personal interest to using special talents. Activities like walking the grounds or assisting a resident in writing a letter will be very comforting and encouraging. We also have practical ways for serving our veteran residents such as providing transportation to activities outside the facility, working in our gift shop, dealing poker, or delivering baked goods, Consider how you or your group can help today!

For information about volunteering, contact:

Activities Director / Volunteer Coordinator

Jade Lange  

541-296-7190 ext 242

Click here to download the OVHTD Volunteer Application.pdfOVHTD Volunteer Application.pdf. Please print, complete, and return in person to the facility.


Our honored guests at the OVHTD love to have visitors. Whether it’s to sit with them during dinner, go on a walk on the campus, or play an intense game of checkers in the Veterans’ Community Center, there are many ways our visitors help support that feeling of gratitude we promote with our veteran residents. You may know someone in the Home, or just want to share some time with one of our honored guests, you will be richly rewarded during the visit. 

Our residents love pets, so if you have a cat or dog and want to bring it in for a visit, please do!  We do request that all pets are kept on a leash and a record of current shots be provided if requested. 


Activities & Events

One thing is certain at the OVHTD, the service that is provided is designed with our honored veterans in mind. We go to great lengths to consider and provide for our veteran residents’ physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and social needs and interests.

Activities at the Home are organized by our Activities Director and include events inside and outside of the Home. Facility outings, religious programs, and opportunities for resident involvement in the planning and implementation of the activity program are available to our honored guests. Participation in creative, expressive, educational, and exercise-related activities is encouraged. We provide individualized one-to-one interactions designed to meet each resident’s individualized needs and enhance or maintain their strengths.

Also, if you have information that you think would be especially meaningful to our honored residents or you know of an event that we could participate in, please contact our Activities Director.

Activities Director / Volunteer Coordinator

Jade Lange  


541-296-7190 ext 242



Scheduled Events


October2016(NEW).pdfOctober 2016 Activity Calendar.pdf