October 10, 2013
UNION — It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and and support that relfect the important contributions made by these men and women, Medi Home Hospice has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Medi Home Hospice will implement ongoing veteran centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they proudly serve in Union, Gaffney, and Spartanburg. Our nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away, and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise.
We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. Partners can assess their ability to serve veterans and using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans in their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Medi Home Hospice is better able to guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to their military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Medi Home Hospice will find tools to support those they are caring for.
“All hospices are serving veterans but often are not aware of their 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 understand and serve veterans at end-of-life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”
VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to veterans wherever they are receiving care.
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
Union MediHome Hospice in partnership with local veterans office and Heartland Assisted Living facility have planned a veterans dinner for Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. The Union County High School ROTC Color Guard and Jantzen Childers will do a special presentation for our veterans.