Veterans’ Memory Care Unit displays technological advances

Gov. John Carney plays a game of Delaware Trivia on a touch screen as It’s Never 2 Late Co-Founder and President Jack York looks on during a grand re-opening of the Memory Care Unit at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford on Friday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

MILFORD — It was described as a major construction project in one of the wings at the Delaware Veterans Home.

The long-term care facility showed off its specialized Memory Care Unit on the newly renovated “Gold Wing” on Friday afternoon.

Military veterans at the hospital will receive the quality of life they deserve and keep their dignity, administrators said.

A ceremony Friday displayed $135,000 in various improvements, much in technological advancements.

Veterans Home Administrator William Peterson said much of the funding was raised through grants, private donations and operating funds. The first seven veterans will move into the Memory Care Unit son, he said.

“We plan to meet with their families next and introduce them to what the transition will involve,” Mr. Peterson said.

Dr. Wayne Zwick explained the affects of dementia to the crowd that gathered for the ceremony and how the new lifestyle will benefit residents.

Fourteen staff members working eight-hour shifts will cover the residents’ needs.

Kent Levy Court Commissioner Allan Angel, whose 90-year-old father has resided at the Veterans Home for a year, smiled when asked if he’s comfortable with the surroundings which includes four units and 150 beds.

Life will continue to improve once upcoming dining hall renovations are completed, a proposed front porch project allows year-around use and a dental suite is constructed.

“They’ve done amazing things here, just amazing,” he said.

According to Delaware Department of State Director of Administration Courtney Stewart, “We don’t get any complaints about (life) at the Veterans Home. The only complaints we get are that there is a waiting list (because of the quality of care that’s provided here.)”

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