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Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home

Veterans Feel the Patriotism Before Even Entering the Facility

Located near Altoona in Duncansville, Blair County, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home (HVH) is the largest of six veterans homes in the commonwealth. The home rests on 326 acres located along the main Allegheny Mountain ridge, providing a domain that is easily accessible by family and friends, yet offers enough isolation that our residents can enjoy tranquil, scenic living.

Fifty-eight American flags line both sides of the avenue leading to the home, right up to Eisenhower Hall, the main building named in honor of the former five-star general and President of the United States. Before entering the home, visitors are welcomed by a huge Eagle statue, a patriotic symbol of America’s freedom and all worth fighting for. It is also a pleasant reminder that American heroes live here.

Patriotic symbols are not the only way our residents are honored. Hollidaysburg provides exceptional care for its residents thanks to a professional staff -- many of whom are veterans -- who proudly come to work each day excited and honored to take care of true American heroes. Visits to the home by current service members and from representatives of local veteran service organizations are very common and provide a constant reminder that our residents are thought about often throughout the Altoona community.




Living Here

An Active Lifestyle With All The Comforts

Residents at Hollidaysburg enjoy an active lifestyle with a full schedule of organized programs from holiday parties to on-site cookouts. For our residents who simply want to enjoy some leisure time, there is plenty of opportunity for independent activities such as craft work or bingo, and it is not uncommon to see residents enjoying a good book outside on one of our patios that provide fresh air and a beautiful view of the home’s lush green grounds. When personal time is in order, residents have easy access to an on-site chapel, barber shop, library, and canteen snack shop.


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Completely furnished modern rooms

We take great pride in providing all the comforts of home, and that includes a personal living space that residents can personalize with their military treasures, family photos and favorite quilts. Each furnished room provides a safe and cheerful area for residents to retreat to for relaxation or for a good night’s sleep after a busy day.

Complete medical services

The health of our residents is a top priority. That is why we have a medical director and a staff of dedicated clinicians who provide a continuum of health care that addresses all aspects of the treatment plan for our residents.

Pharmacy services

Quick and convenient care is important to our residents. An on-site licensed pharmacist and qualified staff helps to provide a full range of pharmacy services to assure that our residents receive the medications they need for healthy living.

Therapy provided by a trained staff

Each home provides physical, occupational and speech therapy tailored to the specific health needs of residents. The supervised exercises and training use advanced techniques and equipment so that each resident can reach their highest level of independence as quickly as possible.

24-hour professional nursing team care

Key to our team is a well-trained and caring nursing staff, and that is exactly what you find at our homes 24 hours a day. Our nurses work together to tailor a care plan that takes into consideration the unique dietary, social and spiritual needs of each resident.

Recreational and leisure activities

Residents at our homes can choose from a wide variety of social events, scheduled outings or more independent activities. Whether its bingo or billiards at the home, attending a professional sports game or going on a shopping trip, to just enjoying a good book under an outdoor pavilion, our residents lead active and diverse lives.

Meals prepared by trained dietary staff

Good nutrition is vital to our residents’ well-being. That’s why a professional food service manager and clinical dietitian at each home take great pleasure in providing well-balanced meals that can be modified to address individual dietary and therapeutic needs.

Social services

For times when our residents need someone to talk to for any gamut of issues they may deal with in their personal lives or even connected to their military service, the certified professionals in our Social Services Department are available to provide counseling, conversation, problem-solving and information on community resources.

Religious services and spiritual guidance

We recognize that spirituality is important to our residents. Each of our homes features an in-house chapel, along with chaplains who conduct religious services and who are also available to any resident in need of spiritual counseling or fellowship.

Barber and beauty service

Our residents never forget their military roots and the importance of personal grooming. Every home is staffed with a licensed barber and beautician for those times when a hair appointment is just the thing our residents need to feel good about themselves.

24-hour security

The safety of our residents is our No. 1 priority. A staff of security officers ensures protection, emergency responses and a safe environment to all residents and employees on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

Transportation services

Our homes are equipped with vans and buses to transport residents to local community activities for that fun get-away or a nearby medical appointment. Some vehicles are even equipped with adaptive devices to accommodate those with limited mobility.

Community support through volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our team and play an important role in the well-being of our residents. They assist with activities and field trips, distributing mail, making one-on-one visits, escorting wheelchair-bound residents to activities, assisting residents at mealtimes, reading to residents, and much more!

Additional amenities

In addition to the availability of cable TV and Internet, each home has a charming library and snack bar/gift shop commonly known as the “Canteen.”

est. 1977
Serving PA Veterans for More Than 4 Decades

171
Total Number of Beds
at HVH


550+
Dedicated Clinical and
Professional Staff
10,048
Hours Donated in 2019

by 548 Volunteers

Levels of Care at HVH

Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home provide residents with the care and support they need in order to live an active and healthy life with as much independence as possible. The Veterans Homes offer levels of care tailored to the specific health needs of our residents and are supplemented with an array of clinical services that include: medical, clinical and nursing services; drug and nutritional therapy; rehabilitative service such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy; dental services; and social services. Below are the specific levels of care available at each Veterans Home.


Personal 
Care



Skilled 
Nursing Care



Memory
 Care



Honoring Our Heroes

A Community That Offers Fun and Excitement

The opportunity for residents to participate in fun and healthy activities does not keep residents secluded to the lovely HVH grounds. Our residents have plenty of opportunities to take trips and enjoy the shining culture and beautiful surroundings that the Altoona area is known for.

Popular to our residents is visiting the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the Altoona Community Theater, or attending Peoples Natural Gas Field overlooking the Allegheny Mountains to cheer on the Altoona Curve minor league baseball team. Other fun trips for our residents include bowling, shopping, fishing attending the county fair and going to the movies. Our residents never stray far from their military roots and often attend the local Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day parades, participate in Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion events, or take an excursion to Boalsburg Military Museum.


The staff make the veterans feel special. Peter (Commandant) and all the staff go out of their way for me. I have lots of friends here and was readily accepted.
-Mark, Veterans Home Resident


Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Abraham Lincoln
American statesman and lawyer
served as the 16th president of the United States