It isn’t every day that a 1946 Chevy pickup is parked at the Oregon Veterans’ Home — and in a courtyard closed to vehicles. The truck has evoked fond memories for residents who remember driving that model in their youth. “That has been the biggest hit and the one most commented upon,” said Jennifer Ashley, who strung lights on the truck and filled it with lighted presents and a tree.December 26, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..
Wayne Jacobson’s career as an internationally recognized expert on hearing aids and hearing health became his passion after he fitted his first patient with a hearing aid in 1976. Forty-two years later, in early December of this year, Jacobson became the fourth-ever recipient of the Marylene Freshley Award, which honored his “years of exemplary service and commitment to the hearing health industry.”December 22, 2017 10:50 a.m. read more..
The house Bev and Alan Eagy bought for seven dollars at an auction (seven times the assessed value) and worked on for 11 years is finally finished and will soon be open to the public as The Victor Trevitt Guest House. “The first year was just making it not fall down,” Bev Eagy said about the restoration, describing the deteriorated condition of the house, including buckshot in the walls and major structural problems.December 20, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..
Several nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles are objecting to a policy that requires them to wear facial masks if they don’t get a flu shot out of the belief that their health privacy rights are being violated. They also argue that patients are made uncomfortable by seeing caregivers who are not sick wearing masks.December 20, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..
Nursing homes aren’t usually grim, but for some they can be: Nursing home residents are typically at the ends of their lives, dealing with conditions too severe for their families to handle alone. Isolated from their loved ones and the outside world, it’s easy for some residents to become catatonic, as Walter Lutz discovered in the Columbia Basin Care Facility’s lunchroom one afternoon in 2008 while visiting his dying mother. And so, a couple years later, Lutz carried an accordion up to the nurses’ station at Columbia Basin and asked permission to play live music for the residents.December 16, 2017 11:45 a.m. read more..
Patrick Wilbern deals every day with veterans in need and wants to make their lives easier during the Christmas season, and he is asking for community help to do that. “This is a tough time of year for many veterans, so it is the perfect time to show them that we care,” he said.December 15, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..
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