LOCAL HOSPICE FIRST TO REACH WE HONOR VETERANS LEVEL 4 IN IDAHO:
PROVIDING BETTER CARE FOR VETERANS AT THE END OF LIFE
Heart ‘n Home is currently the first and only hospice in Idaho to serve Veterans and their families at Level 4. Heart ‘n Home has partnered with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in association with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to focus on respectful review, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of staff caring for Veterans.
This achievement will help Heart ‘n Home to address the unique needs of Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness to a more peaceful ending. In certain cases there might be specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events that Heart ‘n Home will have the tools to help support.
“All hospices are serving Veterans, but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”
Each level of the We Honor Veterans Program has a number of activities that must be completed in order to recognize and understand the unique needs of Veteran patients and their families as they near the end of life. Heart ‘n Home also has a Veteran Services Committee made up of Veteran and non-Veteran staff to continue to assess and improve Veteran care at Heart ‘n Home.
“I was raised to know and recognize that our freedoms do not come without a price, but from the sacrifices of brave men and women as well as their families. That is why I’ve made it my duty to support and honor our Veteran employees as well as provide veteran-centric care to patients and their families. ‘Thank you’ is just not enough.” Says Cindy Lee, RN, CHPN, CHPCA, CEO/Owner of Heart ‘n Home.
To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to find resources for Veterans visit our website at www.goHOSPICE.com/veterans/. You may also call us at 1-800-HOSPICE for further questions.