FLAGLER, ORANGE, OSCEOLA & VOLUSIA COUNTIES – It’s a staggering statistic: 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflects the important contributions made by these men and women, Florida Hospital HospiceCare has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides resources and best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans that organizations, like Florida Hospital HospiceCare, can integrate into their care.
As a We Honor Veterans partner, Florida Hospital HospiceCare will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they proudly serve.
“Our nation’s veterans deserve the very best,” said Rema Cole, Florida Hospital HospiceCare Administrator. “This program helps us understand how to provide the highest quality end of life care by meeting their unique and individual needs.”
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Florida Hospital HospiceCare is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Florida Hospital HospiceCare will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise.
“All hospices are serving veterans, but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve veterans at the end of life.”
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centered education for health care staff caring for veterans.
“America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home,” said Schumacher. “Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve,”
To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
About Florida Hospital HospiceCare
Florida Hospital HospiceCare, a division of Florida Hospital Flagler and a member of Adventist Health System, is the area’s only faith based, not-for-profit hospice organization accredited by The Joint Commission. Florida Hospital HospiceCare has provided “life affirming care” to the residents of Volusia and Flagler Counties facing life-limiting illnesses and injuries since 1996 and extended services to Orange and Osceola Counties in 2011. With an interdisciplinary team of hospice-trained specialists, Florida Hospital HospiceCare provides services to those in need, whether the patient is in their own home or in one of the Florida Hospital HospiceCare inpatients units designed for acute care. For more information on Florida Hospital HospiceCare, call our administrative office at 386-671-2138 or 1-800-404-1133 or visit www.floridahospitalhospice.org.