Serving Those Who Have Served
Veterans often have unique needs at the end of life based on their military service and experience. Hospice of Cincinnati is dedicated to offering veteran-centered care so that we can provide the best and most meaningful advanced illness and end of life experience to the veterans we serve. We consider it an honor and a privilege to serve those who have served.
Honoring Our Veterans
It is important to us to honor our veterans, whether it is with an individual “pinning ceremony”, Veterans Day celebrations, or some other expression of gratitude for their service to our country. Memorial Day services are held in conjunction with TriHealth Armed Forces Group (TAGS) to honor fallen comrades.
Hospice of Cincinnati initiated the very first Flightless Honor Flights in Cincinnati in November 2017. These were developed for veterans not well enough to make the long trip to Washington D.C. Over 200 veterans and their families participated in these virtual Honor Flights, which now continue through “Honor Flight Tri-State”.
Accessing Benefits and Services
Our goal is to assist veterans in end-of-life care through exploring and accessing VA benefits or services for which they may be eligible. Social Workers are available to provide information and assistance in connecting our veteran patients and their families to the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, and other local veterans’ organizations to accomplish this.
We Honor Veterans Level Four Partner
Hospice of Cincinnati is a Level Four Partner of We Honor Veterans, a national program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address the unique needs of veterans at end of life. We have achieved this designation through initiatives that include team member training, providing community education, and developing a Veteran to Veteran volunteer program.
We Honor Veterans is based on Five Star Levels which recognize an organization’s commitment to improving care of veterans, with each level exhibiting greater organizational capacity to serve this population.
Veteran to Veteran Volunteers
Hospice of Cincinnati offers a Veteran to Veteran Volunteer program. We recognize that veterans often appreciate the comfort and camaraderie of being with other veterans who understand military culture and share similar experiences.
Veteran Focused Education
We promote education and training on issues and needs unique to the veteran population. In 2020, HOC participated in a nation-wide Trauma Informed Care initiative conducted by the VA and NHPCO. Team members received training on assessment and care of Veteran patients impacted by traumas such as: PTSD, Moral Injury and Suicide.
HOC also provides community education focusing on veterans’ needs at the end of life.
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