Hospice Care for Veterans
Reaching Out to Those Who Serve was produced by the Tennessee Hospice Association as part of a grant through the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and is posted with permission.
It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the United States are veterans. Arbor Hospice is committed to providing the highest quality care to our nation's veterans. To help provide care and support the important contributions made by these men and women, Arbor Hospice is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. With other We Honor Veterans partners, Arbor Hospice is working to improve outreach to veterans and increase availability and utilization of high quality hospice and palliative care.
Arbor Hospice offers veteran-centered education for staff, volunteers and the community. Our team of professionals use a Military History Checklist to understand the scope and duration of a veteran's service in order to provide better care to the patient and support the patient's family. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Arbor Hospice is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.
By becoming a We Honor Veterans partner, Arbor Hospice is committed to:
- Providing veteran specific education for staff, volunteers and the community
- Identifying patients with military experience upon admission
- Strengthening relationships with VA medical centers and other veteran organizations
- Increasing access to hospice and palliative care for veterans in our community
- Improving quality of care for veterans in our community
- Networking with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models