Lakeland Hospice recognized as We Honor Veterans Partner [UPDATED]Published 5:05am Monday, June 17, 2013 Updated 7:09am Monday, June 17, 2013
It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support reflecting the important contributions made by these men and women, Lakeland Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a ground-breaking campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This week Lakeland Hospice was able to begin honoring area Veterans by presenting Edwin Preitauer with a framed certificate and a pin recognizing his service and the sacrifices he made during the Korean War from 1951-1953.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Lakeland Hospice is implementing ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away — and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.
The We Honor Veterans program provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Lakeland Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful end of life. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Lakeland Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
“All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”
“VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans – wherever they are receiving care.”