veterans

Fifth veterans home being considered for KY

Kentucky's House passed a bill Tuesday that would authorize $10.5 million in state bond funds for construction of the state's fifth veterans' nursing home.

Love is love

Love is love

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I don't need hair. That's my big takeaway from spending a morning with wise and wonderful Fernald recently. It's not what I wear, or having a scalp as arid and vegetation-free as Death Valley. It's being kind and having love in my heart that counts. That's what he said, emphatically, while jabbing his finger my direction, so who am I to argue?

Journey of Heroes deserves showing, not telling

Journey of Heroes deserves showing, not telling

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Every year about this time, I tell you eagerly and often weepily about "The Trip." The one where 12 veterans, many of them from World War II and living in long-term care, get to hop on a plane to Washington, DC, to see first-hand the memorials created in their honor. This time I'm happy to offer it in video and still shots.

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

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Feeling a little cynical about life or country? Spend a day with a few World War II veterans on the National Mall. I guarantee a complete recovery, or your money back.

Also in the News for Sept. 24, 2014

CNN documents resident with Alzheimer's disease who lives in LeadingAge community... CNAs charged with neglect, falsifying business records ... Veterans with multiple chronic conditions have less hospitalizations under home-based primary care, study says.

Providers support House push to expand veterans' healthcare options

Providers support House push to expand veterans' healthcare options

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Providers recently applauded a large bipartisan effort to expand veteran's healthcare options for long-term and post-acute care.

Also in the news for July 31, 2014 . . .

House passes bill to revamp veterans' care ... Professional nursing home exercise instructors boost resident involvement and exertion levels ... CA long-term care committee holds first meeting

Emeritus Senior Living announces veteran hiring results

Emeritus Senior Living announces veteran hiring results

Emeritus Senior Living is on track to hire 1,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years, the company announced.

Lines blur on long-term care for vets, non-vets

Lines blur on long-term care for vets, non-vets

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Flags are flown at half-mast only until noon on Memorial Day. I'm guessing this is common knowledge that somehow escaped me until this year. There's some nice symbolism here. First, the flag is flown at half-mast in tribute to fallen soldiers. It's then raised as sign of the continuing life of the nation, and a reminder to honor the fallen by acting honorably.

Flag day comes early

Flag day comes early

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Activities Director Pat Roza didn't go to a big box store to replace the tattered American flag at the 62-bed Elant at Wappingers Falls nursing home in Wappingers Falls, NY. Instead, she called her congressman, U.S. Rep Sean Patrick Maloney (D).

Proposed rules broaden opportunities for veterans needing post-acute care

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Newly proposed rules could impact veterans' nursing home care. One rule would provide more flexibility to veterans in terms of their healthcare benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs. A separate rule would prioritize government funding for state homes that provide care to veterans.

VA expands benefits for brain injury treatment

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Some veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries will have easier access to care through new regulations announced Friday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Parkinson's disease, unprovoked seizures, some dementias, depression and hormone deficiency diseases related to several glands will be eligible for the expanded benefits. The regulations were set to be published in the Federal Register today.

A band of brothers — still

A band of brothers — still

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I've promised myself only two things in life about my use of social and/or digital media. Readers, I'm about to break both of my own rules with this post.

Affordable Care Act designates $52 million to help disabled, veterans avoid nursing homes

Affordable Care Act designates $52 million to help disabled, veterans avoid nursing homes

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Additional government funding is being distributed for a program to keep seniors, disabled individuals and the veterans in their homes, and out of institutionalized long-term care facilities.

Vow to hire veterans for long-term care

Vow to hire veterans for long-term care

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In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama proposed the creation of a Veterans Job Corp to curb high unemployment rates for returning veterans. That's opportunity knocking for long-term care providers.

The final salute

The final salute

The New Hampshire State Veterans Home honors its deceased residents in military fashion.