Hospice and Palliative Care recognized as a 'We Honor Veterans' partner

Mar 04, 2013

To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by veterans, MedWest-Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care has become 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.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, MedWest-Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. Twenty-five percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War pass away — and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiers of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, MedWest-Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful end-of-life experience. In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, MedWest-Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care will find tools to help support those for whom we are caring.
“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. VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting.  As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to veterans, wherever they are receiving care.”
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
“America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve,” added Schumacher.
MedWest-Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care will educate all staff with ongoing in-service training using many of the resources available through the We Honor Veterans partnership.  Staff will incorporate a Military History Checklist as a part of the Hospice admission process. Collaborative partnerships with nearby VA Medical Centers as well as our local Veteran’s Service Officer will be established and nurtured.  At the same time, Hospice will also become familiar with and participate in local, regional and state-wide Hospice-Veteran partnerships.  We will support veterans in accessing resources and in transitioning across venues of care, including VA medical centers.