Arbor Hospice Hosts Veterans' Ceremony, Educational Seminars
Posted: November 3, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich., (Nov. 3, 2010) - November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. As part of the observation, Arbor Hospice has made it its mission to educate veterans about hospice and hospice benefits.
"Palliative care is a very important benefit and there are a lot of people who are eligible now or who will be eligible in the future, that are uninformed about their options," said Gloria Danna Brooks, president and CEO of Arbor Hospice. "We are working to change that because everyone has the right to quality end-of-life care."
On Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Arbor Hospice will host a veteran's memorial ceremony on the grounds of their Ann Arbor headquarters, located at 2366 Oak Valley Drive, in which they will, honor their employees and volunteers who are veterans, and announce the names of 220 veterans who have passed away in their care in the last year. Children from the adjacent Gretchen's House childhood development center will lead the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance.
Arbor Hospice also hosts ongoing educational seminars throughout the communities it serves, with this month focused on Veteran's Aid and Attendance benefits. All veterans have hospice benefits included in their health care plan, but often times there are still out-of-pocket costs.
"We are trying to inform veterans about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit, which can provide $900 to $1,800 of supplemental income," said Marie Pierce, community outreach representative for Arbor Hospice. "The benefit can help offset the out-of-pocket costs of palliative care and hospice or pay for assisted living. The sad part is, most of the veterans don't know about it."
At each seminar, Arbor Hospice explains how veterans can determine if they are eligible for the benefit and teaches veterans about the application process.
Upcoming Veteran's Seminars:
- Nov. 3 - 1 p.m. at Westhaven Manor (34601 Elmwood St, Westland)
- Nov. 9 - 10 a.m. at Canton Senior Center (46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton)
- Nov. 10 - 10:30 a.m. at Oakhaven Manor (1320 Ashebury Ln, Howell)
- Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. at Towne Centre Place (401 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti)
- Nov. 17 - 3:30 p.m. at University Living (2865 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor)
For more information about the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit, contact Marie Pierce at 734-846-7362 or visit www.arborhospice.org.
About Arbor Hospice
Since 1984 Arbor Hospice has been committed to providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Arbor Hospice, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is integrated into the community with the help of its experienced staff and caring volunteers through its certified hospice services, inpatient hospice facility, grief support services and community education programs. Arbor Hospice serves communities in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, with offices in Ann Arbor, Monroe, Plymouth and Woodhaven. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 1-888-992-2273.
Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/arborhospice.org