“Caring for veterans is improving quality of life for veterans at the end of another battle.”
Years after the war, many elderly veterans find themselves fighting a new battle which may include end stages of dementia; delayed - onset posttraumatic stress disorder (DOPTSD), which mimics dementia; and other chronic diseases. These wounds and scars (visible and invisible) of war are a result of the veterans’ serving our nation in battle to keep us safe. “America’s health care workers and students can help our veterans and military families get the world-class care that they’ve earned.” — First Lady Michelle Obama.
People serving people with dignity and compassion, and reducing anxiety for patients and their caregivers — this is what Hospice of Kankakee Valley is all about. I am thankful to Hospice of Kankakee Valley for allowing me to implement my scholarly doctoral project to improve the quality of life of elderly male military veterans with DOPTSD. And thank you, veterans, for your service!
“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” — Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
- Dr. Yvette Rose- professor at Olivet Nazarene University