Winona Health Hospice is working toward Hospice-Veterans Partnership certification and has just completed level one We Honor Veterans Partnership criteria according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
We Honor Veterans is a partnership program of NHPCO and the Veterans Administration designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement – to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical or psychological trauma.
“As hospice care providers, we believe that every individual deserves to die with dignity and in comfort,” said Sheila Skeels, LSW, with Winona Health Hospice. “Veterans have sacrificed so much for us. We are committed to better understanding their unique needs so we can honor and care for them to the best of our ability.”
According to the website: wehonorveterans.org, more than 1,800 veterans die every day, representing a quarter of all deaths in America. Approximately 85% of veterans do not receive care through the VA healthcare system. Most veterans still die in the community; only 4% of veteran deaths occur in VA facilities.
Achieving level one criteria reflects Winona Health Hospice’s commitment to ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. One of the ways a Hospice-Veterans Partnership can have a positive impact includes sharing information with veterans’ groups about advance care planning, available resources and care options.
Winona Health Hospice provides services to individuals and families within a 35-mile radius of Winona. Individuals do not have to be Winona Health patients to be eligible for care through Winona Health Hospice Services.
For more information about Winona Health Hospice or the Hospice-Veterans Partnership, call 507.457.4468.