CHESTERFIELD — Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique health care challenges, and many may not know about or have access to specialized care.
To help provide veteran-centric care and support, Hospice of Chesterfield County has been participating in We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hospice of Chesterfield County has recently become a Level 4 “We Honor Veterans” partner, the highest recognition the program offers. As a Level 4 partner, Hospice of Chesterfield County has:
• Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for veterans and their families
• Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, veteran organizations and other health care organizations
• Promoted hospice and palliative care for veterans
• Demonstrated the impact of its veteran-centric organizational programs
“By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, ‘We Honor Veterans’ Level 4 partners are better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization President and CEO J. Donald Schumacher said in a statement. “In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, these partners are now capable of providing tools to help support those they are caring for.”
Though Hospice of Chesterfield County has reached the highest achievement in “We Honor Veterans,” the organization said its ongoing commitment and dedication to veterans ensures that it will continue to provide the best quality of care.
Cindy Beard is community relations and development coordinator for Hospice of Chesterfield County.