Hospice Care for Veterans
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties has been working with the Veterans Administration for the last decade to serve our nation’s veterans at the end of life. Only about four percent of veterans who die are receiving services from the Veterans Administration, so in 2001 a directive was given by the federal government for all VA hospitals to work with their local hospices to care for this special group of patients. We joined the Hospice Veteran Partnership and have been extremely fortunate to collaborate with the Palliative Care team at Castle Point VA Hospital. They help us manage symptoms and provide additional services to meet the unique needs of veterans. When a family has been unable to care for the veteran at home, at times we have also been able to arrange for admission to the Castle Point palliative care inpatient unit.
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. has reached the top tier of Community Partner Level V of “We Honor Veterans,” a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through this program we gratefully acknowledge our military and service men, women and families. We aim to create a veteran centered organization through education, strategic partnership, resources and veteran recognition. Our mission is to serve our Nation’s Veterans who have served us.
In order to achieve this distinction we have worked diligently to provide education for staff and volunteers, built an organizational capacity to provide quality care for Veterans, and developed and strengthened relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations. We have improved our ability to provide support to veterans by learning respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement. We are proud to have reached the highest accreditation of Level V.
Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program
Hospice is dedicated to providing superior end of life care to all Veterans. Our Hospice Veteran Volunteer program allows the Veteran patient to be paired with a Veteran volunteer who can provide unique comradery support, bedside reminiscing, participation in Veteran recognitions, and explore obtaining awarded medals not received. Once the prospective volunteer has graduated the volunteer training program they can provide support in the geographic location in which they reside and or at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence.
We are seeking Veteran Volunteers to support Veterans on our Hospice program through our Veteran to Veteran Program.
Honor Salute Program
As part of our mission to serve our Veterans we recognize all hospice patients who have served in the military with a special ceremony of their choosing. Each honoree is presented with a pin, framed certificate of service, a patriotic lap quilt/blanket and card from a child thanking them for their service.
If our Veteran and family agree to receive an Honor Salute, we work with Veteran Organizations in our communities to have Veterans provide a salute, giving our Veteran an opportunity to salute back. This program has given Veterans the opportunity to give back to others the only way a Veteran can, by honoring, recognizing and thanking each other.
“We are forever thankful for the opportunities to provide Honor Salutes you present to us. Being able to reach our brothers thru Hospice has made all of us proud to be serving them in a way that makes them and their families happy! You have an amazing group of people that makes the last days for so many people better! God bless you!”~Chaplain Joseph Ruud, American Legion Post 1796, New Windsor, NY
“Thank you for the love and support provided to my father, Carmine Montalbano. Because of your care, I was able to keep my Dad home with his family. The military recognition he received was a highlight for him in his last weeks. He was very proud of his service and this honor he received was the icing on the cake, there is no other way to describe it. I can’t thank you all enough.” ~ Toni Ann Montalbano Whitehead