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Medical Journal 2011

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Maine Veterans’ Homes often serve as teaching facilities nity colleges, and vocational schools, Roosevelt said. Medical students, social workers, nurses, certified nursing assisAUGUSTA - The first of six facilities tants, therapists, and dietary technicians run by Maine Veterans’ Homes, the train at home. Augusta home opened in March of 1983. “The medical director comes to us Inside four separate nursing units: a 40- through an arrangement with the bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing care University of New England, Division on unit, a 40-bed long-term care unit, a 40Aging,” he said. He said the University of bed secured long-term care unit for resiNew England also provides educational dents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other programs to the staff. Veterans who dementias, and a 30-bed residential care served honorably and the spouses of eligiunit designed to meet the needs of those ble veterans are eligible for care. in the early stages of dementia. Qualified veterans may also be entitled to “Maine Veterans’ Home of Augusta is additional benefits by way of a Veterans also a teaching facility,” said Jeff Affairs stipend, which can be used toward Roosevelt, facility spokesman. The home the cost of care. maintains affiliations with hospitals, This is something that is unique to vetschools of medicine, universities, commu- erans’ homes in Maine Veterans’ Homes BY VALERIE TUCKER Correspondent

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Maine Veterans’ Home resident Ray MacMillan (left), Crystal McLaughlin, a certified nursing assistant, and Diane Green, Social Services Director, hold Medusa, a 16-foot-long Burmese Python during one of the many activity programs offered at the Home. Derek Small (right), founder and director of the Granite State Zoo in New Hampshire, brought several wild animals as part of his Wildlife Encounters presentation.

zations, such as the VFW, American locations that depend upon a strong volunteer base to support many of the activi- Legion and Disabled American Veterans, ties. These volunteers have strong military are the foundation of the volunteer corps ties and share common bonds with many More on VETERANS, Page 51 of the residents. Veterans’ service organi-

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