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Hospice completes veteran program

(April 23, 2015) In order to better serve the veterans in hospice care, Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care has completed Level 1 of the “We Honor Veterans” program to provide specialized care to veterans who are facing a life limiting illness.
The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs jointly developed the We Honor Veterans program to empower hospices and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.
“By reaching this milestone, Coastal Hospice proudly stands among those organizations dedicated to honoring our veterans with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Nancy Stewart, coordinator for the We Honor Veterans program at Coastal Hospice.
By identifying the unique needs of veterans, Coastal Hospice is able to accompany and guide veterans and their families who face life limiting illness toward a more peaceful ending. In cases where there are specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Coastal Hospice finds tools to help support the veteran patient.
“It is time that we step up and acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
“The Veterans Administration shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans,” said Thomas Edes, director of the VA’s Home and Community Based Care.
To achieve Level 1 of the We Honor Veterans program, Coastal Hospice successfully completed required activities, including educating staff on working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, communicating with veterans and understanding their cultural considerations. The organization also implemented a military history checklist for all veterans admitted to hospice service.
Coastal Hospice is currently working on Level 2 of the program and has already established community relationships with the VA Medical Center in Baltimore and the VA outpatient clinics in Cambridge and Pocomoke City.
Coastal Hospice is a member of the Maryland Hospice-Veteran Partnership and the Veterans Service Providers Network. Each year on Veteran’s Day, Coastal Hospice partners with facilities including Genesis Nursing and Rehabilitation, Chesapeake Woods Center and Anchorage Nursing and Rehabilitation to visit and honor the veterans in their care.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.