Serving the Special Needs of Veterans During End-of-Life Care
Level 2 We Honor Veterans Partner
In order to better care for veterans in hospice care, Hospice of Light participates in extra training about caring for veterans, including training from the local VA and in-service training regarding patients with special veteran needs.
One of Hospice of Light’s primary goals is to build organizational capacity to provide quality care for veterans, which includes more in-service training for staff and presentations to the local community.
Special Veteran Needs
The first step to providing quality end-of-life care to our nation’s Veterans is to learn more about their unique needs by becoming familiar with military culture. Veterans may face illness, isolation, or traumatic life experiences that are contributing to their health complications.
Our caregivers integrate a “Military History Checklist” into the admissions process and are able to connect veteran patients with additional resources. By knowing more about a veteran’s military history, we know more about what specific traumas and health risks they were exposed to.
Specific Veteran populations who are also vulnerable and may benefit from specialized care:
- Rural Areas
- American Indians / Alaska Natives
- Substance Use Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Trauma
About “We Honor Veterans”
We Honor Veterans exists to “empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans and their loved ones.”
The program was started for hospices and other organizations to be able to provide better care to veterans through an assessment and implementation process.
Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers is implemented to help these organizations learn how to care for veterans and find more resources for them.
Hospice of Light has two physical locations – one in Jackson County and one in George County – but serves the following counties:
- Jackson County
- Harrison County
- George County
- Stone County
- Greene County
- Perry County
Contact Hospice of Light for More Information
If you or your Veteran are interested in hospice and palliative care services from Hospice of Light, please contact the office nearest you, or call toll free 1-888-497-2404.