Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water
as a We Honor Veterans Partner
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Visiting Nurse Association
and Blue Water 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. 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.
The 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
into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s
Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Visiting Nurse Association and
Blue Water Hospice 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, Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water
Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
“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 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 acknowledgment, 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 http://www.wehonorveterans.org/.
“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.