Estimates are that one of every four Americans who die is a veteran. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, that adds up to 1,800 veterans every day and more than 680,000 each year. Of the nearly 23 million living veterans, nearly half of them are aged 65 and older. Many are living with chronic health conditions or life-limiting illnesses. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are sharing information and resources you can use to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care in your community.
Honoring our Veterans on November 11th
Hospice is a benefit that can help provide care and services to our veterans for at least the last six months of life. The veteran and their family receive support with:
- Holistic care to treat the body, mind and spirit
- Pain and symptom management
- Personal care assistance to help with bathing and grooming
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Spiritual care support that is respectful of personal beliefs
- Bereavement services for loved ones
Resources and Tools Developed by the Veteran’s Administration
If you or your senior loved one is a veteran and you aren’t quite sure what your needs are, the Veteran’s Administration has developed an online resource center to help you decide. Shared Decision Making has helpful tools and videos that include:
- Caregiver Self-Assessment Worksheet
- Veteran’s Shared Decision Making Worksheet
- Guide to Long-term Care
- Shared Decision Making Helps Providers video
Additional Resources to Help Veterans and their Families at End of Life
Halcyon Hospice has also developed an online resource center to help educate families about their options at end of life. HalcyonCares.org is a place you can turn to for information on hospice services, Dementia, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, grief and more. You can also read articles on caregiving, talking with children about cancer and a variety of end of life issues that families of veterans often face.
As our nation pauses to remember and honor those who served on Veterans Day, we encourage you to also remember that our veterans need easy access to compassionate care at the end of life too.