hospice care for veterans
Samaritan is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and their families by providing hospice care that recognizes their distinctive needs through serious illness, end of life, grief, and/or post-traumatic stress.
One in every five Americans has served in the military. Where veterans served, when they served, and what they experienced can all greatly influence their physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort. That’s why our hospice care program includes a veteran’s military history into his/her medical history and care options.
we honor veterans
Samaritan proudly participates in We Honor Veterans – a pioneering program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Samaritan has earned the highest-level of 4 stars from this program -- one of only 6 hospices in New Jersey to do so.
WE HONOR VETERANS FOCUSES ON:
—Respectful inquiry — Compassionate listening — Grateful acknowledgement of veterans
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SERVICES FOR VETERANS
- Admission process that includes the veteran’s military history into personalized care planning
- Knowledge of and collaboration with the VA system, and state and county veteran-service offices to assist with accessing benefits available to veterans and their families
- Coverage of veteran hospice care by the VA, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurers
- Coordination of hospice and palliative care with VA medical centers and community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs)
- Outreach and education to local VA facilities and area veterans organizations
- Referrals for community services as needed
- Bereavement support for hospice patients/families and community members including individual and family counseling, support groups, and memorial services
- PTSD counseling for active military and veterans through a grant from the New Jersey Departmentof Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) by staff member trained and experienced in military sexual trauma, Project Wounded Warriors, and Give-an-Hour volunteer therapist program
- Additional home health aide services for Mercer County veterans through a grant from the Disabled American Veterans Joseph A. McNerney #41 Chapter, Hamilton, NJ
- Grateful acknowledgement through cards, certificates, pinnings, and applications to retrieve lost medals, and celebration of holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day
- Recruitment and training of veterans to serve as patient volunteers empathetic to the special experiences and concerns of veterans
Help us honor vets
Our goal is to continue to provide each veteran patient in our hospice care with a special blanket. Uniquely designed to recognize their service, this blanket will be a warm expression of our gratitude. This blanket, proudly displayed at bedside, will signal to all who enter, “You are in the presence of an American hero.”
Your $25 donation will honor two veterans in our care.
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