Day: January 26, 2009


A Checklist For Care

Working to ensure the well-being of veterans in long-term care facilities requires ongoing vigilance. Across the country there are thousands of Legionnaires dedicated to this role. They are the volunteers who take the time to regularly visit veterans. In order to assist them and the families of veterans, The Royal Canadian Legion’s Veterans, Service and Seniors Committee developed the Legion Family Guidelines for Long Term Care. Copies of the guidelines can be obtained by writing to the Director of the Dominion Command Service Bureau, 86 Aird Place, Kanata, ON, K2L 0A1. Here is an abbreviated vision of what you’ll find: Safety and Security A long-term care facility in effect becomes a veteran’s home. Veterans should experience a level of security, safety, dignity and comfort tha...

Visiting The Veterans

Every day for two years Francis Christian, a dedicated member of Vimy Branch in Halifax, N.S., made his way to the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for a very special visit to one of its residents. Christian was there—seven days a week—to make sure a former RCMP colleague got at least one good meal a day when he was no longer able to feed himself. “I’d known him for 50 years,” though their relationship blossomed in his friend’s final days, says Christian, now 85. “I went in every day to spoon-feed him.” Two years ago, he was called in for the family vigil when his friend died. “It hurt to say goodbye; we were just like family.” But a bruised heart hasn’t kept Christian from the work he loves; he’s still a fixture at Camp Hill, visiting at least three or four times a week. “He...

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