Care our vets de­serve

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

With Vet­er­ans Day ap­proach­ing, I want to thank the ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff (and tax­pay­ers) who pro­vide the state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity for vet­er­ans at the Arkansas State Vet­er­ans Home in North Lit­tle Rock. My fam­ily has ex­pe­ri­enced care in other fa­cil­i­ties, and the Vet­er­ans Home (es­pe­cially Cot­tage 2) is by far the best.

The eight cot­tages each pro­vide care for 12 vet­er­ans. Each is set up to op­er­ate with a home-like at­mos­phere, though each vet­eran is given a neck­lace/but­ton to wear so they may alert work­ers of their needs or lo­ca­tion. De­li­cious meals are served at a big ta­ble in the din­ing room; menus are printed out daily so they know ahead of time what will be served (with in­di­vid­ual needs also met for spe­cial di­ets or pref­er­ences); those who give care also pre­pare and serve meals (as well as kind­ness, love, com­pas­sion, and re­spect); ac­tiv­i­ties are planned for so­cial­iza­tion; a ther­apy dog vis­its each res­i­dent at least weekly; trans­porta­tion is pro­vided for doc­tor vis­its; reg­is­tered nurses as well as LPN’s help with round-the-clock care; and … each cot­tage is al­ways spot­less!

As men­tioned, it is a fam­ily, home-like at­mos­phere. The staff gets to know each vet­eran and visit with them. The wrap-around porch and screened porch, over­look­ing a beau­ti­ful pond, in­vite vet­er­ans and vis­i­tors to share sto­ries of life ex­pe­ri­ences, on and off the bat­tle­field. If you haven’t vis­ited the new Arkansas State Vet­er­ans Home in North Lit­tle Rock, I hope you soon will. Lis­ten to the vet­er­ans’ sto­ries; wit­ness the love shared; and take time to thank all who pro­vide the care our vet­er­ans de­serve. JEANETTE WOOD


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