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 receive services from the Veterans Administration. In 2001, the federal government gave all VA hospitals a directive to work with their local hospices to care for this particular 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 servicemen, 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.
To achieve this distinction, we have worked diligently to educate 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 acknowledgment. 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 from 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.