Submitted by Carole Quackenbush RN, VITAS Veterans Liaison
VITAS Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio, conducted a beautiful bedside salute for patient Mr. Burns. Carole Quackenbush, a Veterans Liaison for VITAS, wanted to share the impact and experience for their patient.
Mr. Burns was an Army Veteran during Korean War. Despite his Dementia diagnosis, and primarily nonverbal and lethargic most of the time, this bedside salute, including a pinning ceremony and patriotic afghan and certificate presentation, had him alert, appropriate, and proudly tearful and very interactive- wanting to kiss the hands of everyone to thank them.