Frequently Asked Questions for Veterans and Families
Did You Know?
More than 1,800 Veterans die every single day. This represents one-quarter of all deaths in America each year.
More than 600,000 Veterans are expected to die each year, for the next ten years.
Only about 15% of Veterans receive their care through the VA health system.
Veterans, just like the majority of the population prefer to die at home; only 4% of Veteran deaths occur in a VA facility.
How does VA and hospice work together?
Veterans can receive care from Heart ‘n Home and the VA at the same time. A VA doctor can refer a Veteran to a hospice or hospice can refer to the VA. Then Heart ‘n Home and the VA staff work together on the Veteran’s end-of-life care.
Who pays for hospice care?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, Medicaid, and other private insurances. Individuals with limited financial resources and no health care coverage may qualify for support from the Heart ‘n Home Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), that strives to ensure quality end-of-life care is provided to those in need.
Where can Veterans receive hospice?
Wherever the Veteran lives, including their home, the VA hospital, in a state Veterans home, in a community nursing home, or in senior housing. Heart ‘n Home brings services to you!
How does a Veteran enroll in the VA?
A Veteran must be enrolled in the VA to receive VA benefits. In addition to our Heart ‘n Home experts, helpful resources are the State Veterans Service Officer, the VA Benefits Officer, or a Veterans Service Organization. The VA will begin the enrollment process to determine eligibility for benefits.
Heart 'n Home is a Level 4 We Honor Veterans Partner--What does this mean?
Heart ‘n Home has accomplished the required tasks from the We Honor Veterans Program to reach level 4 which increases access and improves quality of care for Veterans in our community. This enables VA staff and Veterans to easily identify hospices that have made a commitment to offer Veteran-specific care and services provided by a competent and highly skilled workforce.
How does Heart 'n Home honor and acknowledge Veterans?
It is important to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices of those who have served. We do so at Heart ‘n Home by the following Veteran-specific programs:
- Recognized as a Level 4 (highest level) We Honor Veterans Partner by NHPCO
- Veteran-Centric Care Provided by Trained Professionals
- Pinning and Recognition Ceremonies
- Use of a Military History Checklist
- Experts on Veteran Benefits
- Established Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteers
- Veteran Community Education and Outreach
- Collaboration and Partnerships with VA and Other Veteran Organizations
What can the family of a Veteran expect from Heart 'n Home services?
Our Veterans and their families get relief knowing they are guided toward a more peaceful ending by experts that can address their physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns related to the Veteran’s service experience.
What Military Honors are available for Veterans?
Many Veterans are eligible for a number of burial benefits such as burial flags, headstones and headstone markers, Presidential Memorial Certificates and funeral honors such as flag folding and presentation and the playing of taps. Under special circumstances family of Veterans may qualify for a monetary reimbursement to assist with funeral costs. Please contact Heart ‘n Home if you are interested in more information about these honors.
Does a Veteran need to have a service-connected condition in order for the VA to offer to purchase or provide hospice care in the community?
No, all enrolled Veterans are eligible for a comprehensive array of needed in-home services. These services include hospice care. Service connection or the lack thereof does not alter the eligibility for VA funded hospice and palliative care.
Will accessing and utilizing hospice services impact a Veteran's eligibility for VA benefits or healthcare?
No, utilizing hospice services will not affect the benefits or medical care for which a Veteran patient may be eligible.