Today, one in four Americans facing a life-limiting illness is a veteran. These men and women present unique challenges at the end of life due to their military service. Across America, hospice professionals are stepping up to build their skills and accept the mission to serve our nation,s veterans. LB Hospice has heeded the call for our veterans by providing exceptional care with honor and dignity.
Staff use a military history checklist to gather information about the client’s service and ask if they are enrolled with the VA for benefits and services. If not, we ask the client if they need assistance to enroll with the VA.
Staff honor and thank the veteran by presenting a certificate of appreciation for their service and a lapel pin with the branch of service flag and logo of “Honored Veteran.”
Staff and Volunteer Training
LB Hospice staff and volunteers undergo training to recognize potential special care needs of veterans due to their time spent in the service. The training identifies the unique cultures within the military and of the different eras when the veterans have served. We share information about the VA as an organization and the benefits veterans can qualify for as part of their service.
Common language and experience can provide camaraderie that is supportive for all involved. Volunteers provide relief for family/caregivers, assist in reminiscing, and gather life stories with a potential for recording them for the family or the Veteran History Project. Volunteers give veterans companionship and may also take part in the recognition/pinning ceremonies.
Commitment to Veterans
LB Hospice is working to build relationships and networks with local and regional organizations that serve veterans to increase access to care. Our goal is to learn and to provide education in the communities we serve. LB Hospice offers:
- Advanced Illness Management and End of Life Care with honor and dignity
- Help at any point in an advanced illness and for those with a limited life expectancy
- Preventing, relieving and managing pain and other symptoms
- Focusing on veteran’s choices, goals, desires and quality of life
- Providing social, spiritual and emotional support to the veteran and their family
- Availability of 24 hour on-call support
- Provide an individualized plan of care that meets the needs of the veteran and their family
A Veteran can receive care wherever they live, such as their home, foster home, caregiver’s home, assisted living facility, group home, community nursing home or state Veteran’s Home.
Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes the veteran’s physician, LB Hospice nurses, and as needed, home health aide, social worker, chaplain, and trained volunteers.
“We Honor Veterans” is a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in performance of a contract with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
LB Homes and Affiliates complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.