Stars and Stripes stripes.com 10 Jan, 2021 18:30 am

Families of Holyoke Soldiers' Home veterans push for board seat months after virus outbreak

Families of Holyoke Soldiers' Home veterans push for board seat months after virus outbreak
Ten months after the coronavirus first infiltrated the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, leadership has changed, vaccines are being administered and two of the facility's former top officials are facing criminal neglect charges.

Families of Holyoke Soldiers' Home veterans push for board seat months after virus outbreak Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.(Tribune News Service) — Cheryl Turgeon just wants the families of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home veterans to have their voices heard." Ten months after the coronavirus first infiltrated the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, leadership has changed, vaccines are being administered and two of the facility's former top officials are facing criminal neglect charges.A veteran who had been living in a dedicated skilled nursing unit at Holyoke Medical Center since April died in December, becoming the 77th resident of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home to die since March.

Linda Dean Campbell, D- Methuen, said increasing family involvement at the soldiers' home is being actively discussed and will come up in hearings expected to relaunch later this month.Family members, several of whom serve as health care proxies for their loved ones, say communication with both the home and the state remains difficult.

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