Established in 1952, the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is a multifaceted health care facility available to eligible Veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1971, a major addition was completed providing limited hospital services and additional long-term care beds. The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees comprised of Western Massachusetts residents who are appointed by the Governor to oversee management of the organization. The Soldiers' Home is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and inspected annually by the Veterans Administration. Our mission is to provide the best health care possible with our available resources to eligible Veterans who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Soldiers' Home offers Long-Term Care, Outpatient Services, Residential Care, Social Work Services, Supportive Care Services, and Pastoral Care Services.
The Outpatient Department at the Soldiers' Home is committed to serving Veterans. The Outpatient Department is staffed by primary care physicians. Consultant physicians staff our various clinics including Proctology; Optometry; Ophthalmology; Dentistry; Ear, Nose, and Throat; Minor Surgery; Podiatry; Urology; Hematology; and Nephrology. Other services provided by the Outpatient Department at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke include dietary services, physical therapy, social services, and a Veterans' benefits advisor. All these disciplines collaborate together to assist Veterans with their specific medical needs and concerns.
The domiciliary for ambulatory Veterans is located in a separate building at the facility at the Soldiers' Home. The domiciliary accomodates Veterans who, for social or financial reasons, require minimal assistance with the activities of daily living. Domiciliary Veterans are provided with a variety of social programs which promotes the overall general state of well-being for all veterans. The Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) is an example of the social programming offered for domiciliary Veterans at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke.
The Department of Social Work at the Soldiers' Home is an integral part of the professional services provided to our Veterans. Licensed social workers are involved in both the admissions process and the provision of social work services to Veterans in the domiciliary and the long-term care centers at Holyoke. The goal of the Department is to assure that our Veterans' rights, personal needs, dignity, and self-esteem are respected and maintained. To that end, services frequently extend beyond our Veterans to their families. Social workers are also available to provide outreach services to Veterans in the community and in the Department of Outpatient Services who request information regarding health care, long-term care, and a vast array of community resources. The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, in cooperation with Valley Opportunity, provides social work services and outpatient medical services to individuals residing in Chapin Mansion in Holyoke and Maguder House in Chicopee, two community-based residences for Veterans.
The Soldiers' Home offers a wide variety of recreational activities that meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of the Veterans. These activities revolve around physical group exercise, arts and crafts, bingo, current events, group outings, and many other social functions, including celebrations for all holidays. Veterans and community organizations are also an integral part of the Department of Recreation at Holyoke. They actively sponsor bingo games, social events, and coffee hours, and regularly receiving our Veterans at their individual clubs for social gatherings.
The Soldiers' Home offers denominational services to meet the spiritual needs of our veterans.