Elderly veterans may be eligible for housing

by Ron seman Published:

Ohio is proud to offer eligible veterans two homes and a domiciliary to satisfy their health concerns.

The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky is a 427-bed nursing home facility. Two levels of care are offered: Standard care and special care for those with Alzheimer's or dementia.

The home opened in 1888 to care for veterans of the Civil War, and has been in continuous operation since. It is located near Lake Erie. Cecile Mahr is the nursing home administrator.

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

• Have been an Ohio resident for one year.

• Have served on active duty during a time of war or armed conflict or be the recipient of the Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, or Southwest Asia Service Medal.

• Have served their most recent discharge under honorable conditions.

• Be disabled by disease, wounds or otherwise and thus incapable of earning a living.

• Individuals who are current drug and alcohol abusers, psychotics, or have active tuberculosis are not eligible for immediate admission.

The same admission requirements apply to the Sandusky Domiciliary and the Georgetown Veterans Home.

For more information, potential applicants are urged to seek assistance with their county veterans service office. County veterans service office locations and phone numbers can be found in the government pages of local phone books.

The Sandusky County Veterans Service Office is at 3416 Columbus Avenue, in Sandusky. The phone number is 419-625-2454 ext. 1231/1237. or email janetoll@dvs.ohio.gov

Eligible veterans who need medical care but are capable of living independently have the option of living in the "Dom" at the Ohio Veterans Home ­-- Sandusky. The "Dom," short for "Domiciliary," offers 293 beds, a dining facility, and necessary medical care to eligible veterans. Andrea Klausing is domiciliary administrator.

The Georgetown home offers 168 beds for nursing home care, including a 21-bed hospice unit. Two levels of care are offered: Standard care for veterans; and special care for veterans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

The home opened in 2003, and is located in scenic Brown County, offering a tranquil setting where veterans can feel at home. A small park on the grounds provides a venue for events held by local veterans' service organizations. Andrew M. Vogel is the nursing home administrator.

The home is at 2003 Veterans Blvd. in Georgetown. Information by phone is available at 937-378-2900 ext. 2702, or email: debora.simpson@dvs.ohio.gov

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VFW 6768 Ladies' Fish Fries: President Mary Volny of the post's ladies auxiliary says fish fries will be available from Feb. 15 through Good Friday, March 29. Serving hours are 5 to 7 p.m. The post is located at 8584 Olde 8 Road in Northfield Center. Volny suggests visiting the post's website for the menu and phone number to call to call in orders: www.vfwpost6768.com.

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Legion 801 Breakfast Raffle: American Legion Nordonia Hills Post 801 will sponsor a breakfast raffle March 3 with serving from 10 to 11:30 a.m., according to Cmdr. John C. Sullivan. The program will be held at Catered Elegance Event Center, 1160 Broadway Ave. in Bedford. Ample parking is available across the street. Features include a $1,000 grand prize, sideboards, Lucky Lady, table raffle, lottery ticket board and more. Cost is $25 per person, which includes food and an open bar. Questions? Call 330-468-5256.

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New Address: For those of you who email information about your post and auxiliary activities, please continue to send them to me at seman.ronald@att.net. My new mailing address is 7065 West 130th St., Parma Heights, 44130-7805.

Remember to keep our troops in your prayers, and send them a letter and a package of goodies. Can it be 60 years ago that I was stationed at K-9 Air Base in Pusan, Korea? Wow!

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