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"Reflection Plaza" was designed by Lee Imonen as a gathering place on the campus of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home. 

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Jeremy Woodall and Abraham Andrade gave an update of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home on Oct. 27. The home is in its third year of operation, and the speakers said the facility is running smoothly for the veterans they serve. 

Woodall pointed out that the home is not a federal facility, and he said that is important because families often are conflicting with the federal organization to get veterans benefits. Woodall said administrators at the home will help those families file for those claims. 

In Lebanon, the home is fashioned after a small-home model style of nursing care meaning that residents have individual rooms with bathrooms and share common areas such as the kitchen, meeting rooms and fireplace gathering spot.

Other small-home models have failed, Woodall said, and he attributed the success of the Lebanon home to having a centralized industrial-style kitchen kitchen in addition to having a kitchen in each home where personal assistants (certified nursing assistants) may tailor a meal for residents.

"In most places after a certain time, including at my house, the kitchen is closed," Woodall said. 

At the home if a veteran wants a cheeseburger at 2 a.m., and personal care assistant will make it for him or her. 

The small-home model costs 20-22 percent more to operate than a traditional industrialized type of home, Woodall said. 

The voters of Lebanon showed that they really wanted the home in the city because they voted in favor of a bond that helped construct the home during the height of the recession, he said. 

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Garrett asked Woodall to describe what happens when a resident dies. 

The body is draped with an American Flag provided by the local honor guard and staff line the hallways as the veteran is moved out of the home. 

"We call it our walkout. I leave those with the honor guard right behind me," Woodall said. 

This is one last way to honor a veteran, he said. Often at other nursing homes, when a resident dies the body is snuck out the back. 

"We think they need to have one more march," Woodall said. 

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