With Veterans’ Day quickly approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about how to spend this day with your client. Whether your client served or not, this is an important day to all and can be celebrated by all. You can use this week to gain insight on your client. As with all holidays, Veteran’s Day offers the opportunity to gain a perspective on your client’s life history and personal experiences. Take time to day to ask questions about your care recipients’ war experiences (regardless of whether they served). You’ll be amazed at what you learn about your client and your country. If your client has dementia, ask simple questions that can lead to a discussion–no matter where the discussion leads.
There are many things to do to help seniors at home on Veterans’ Day. One of the most personal and meaningful Veterans’ Day activities for people is to send notes or cards to hospitalized veterans or those living in veterans homes. Or, better yet, visit a veteran in a local veterans’ hospital or veterans’ home. The best way to have a "happy Veterans Day" is to do something special to make a veteran happy. You could also participate in a flag-raising event in the community. Stand and join in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the singing of the National Anthem.
Several restaurants in the Anchorage area offer free meals or discounts to Vets on this special day. Golden Corral, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, and Little Caesar’s are just a few examples. You will need to bring in your clients’ proof of service in order for them to receive their free or discounted meal.
The Alaska Veterans’ Museum (333 W. 4th Ave. Suite 227) is having a free open house on Monday, November 11th from 12-5. Take your client or loved ones down to attend special Civil War sesquicentennial events as well as a presentation on the USS Grunion, the submarine lost off Kiska Harbor, Alaska.
However you decide to spend your Veterans’ day, remember that it is a day to honor those who have served our Country. Give a vet a smile and a kind thank you to show your appreciation for the sacrifices they made to keep our country free!