Hospice of Cincinnati has just achieved Level Four status with the We Honor Veterans Program. The We Honor Veterans initiative is a collaboration between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that helps veterans understand their benefits related to hospice and guide them toward a peaceful ending to their life stories.
The Level Four designation is on a five-level spectrum. The primary focus of Star Level Four was to increase HOC’s organizational capacity to serve veterans. This was done through a combination of the following:
Veteran related education was provided throughout the year at team meetings, forums, annual mandatory education, newsletter articles and, most intensively, for our Social Work and Chaplain teams who received training in PTSD, Moral Injury and Suicide Risk through our participation in the national Trauma Informed Care Initiative.
The Admissions team works hard to identify our veterans at time of admission and start the Military History Checklist. The information in this checklist is then passed along to HOC’s Veterans Service Liaison to help complete any missing information and act on any needs identified.
Honoring Our Veterans
Always a priority, we continue to honor Veterans and their service to our country, through pinning ceremonies, Memorial Day services, Veterans Day activities. On a local level, we have strengthened and formed new partnerships with the VA medical center, Veterans Benefits Administration and county veterans service organizations. These partnerships help us assist veterans in getting the benefits and services they are eligible for through the VA.