Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes house over 900 residents, with about 90% of them being men in their 80s. Studies show that men are statistically more susceptible than women for experiencing adverse effects from COVID-19 due to co-morbidity rates being higher in men. In Pennsylvania’s public and private long-term care facilities, women make up 70-80% of residents.
DMVA’S six Veterans Homes test employees, volunteers, applicable vendors and residents in accordance with current CMS and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
The challenges that DMVA veterans homes have faced are not different than what most other long-term care facilities are facing nationwide. Though we currently have adequate Personal Protective Equipment, such as N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shield, head protection and gloves, we are continually working to keep enough stock of these items to prevent shortages in the future.
We take the concerns of our residents, their families and staff very seriously. If you ever feel that you are not being treated appropriately, we want to hear from you. We have compiled this list of resources to help you have a voice, so please don't hesitate to speak up!