Veteran Hospice Care
Providing coordinated comfort care
Veterans who are treated at the VA hospital may be eligible for concurrent therapy while on hospice care. This means that you can still receive treatment at the VA and be on hospice. This is unique to the Veteran population. Hospice provides pain management, symptom control, and comfort care when Veterans decide to focus on comfort care and quality of life.
The goal of hospice is to:
- Focus on quality of life.
- Maintain dignity at end of life.
- Empower Veterans to make their own decisions.
- Provide meaningful help for the family so that the family may care for the Veteran.
- Help Veterans and families find spiritual peace.
Who pays for hospice services?
The Veterans Administration and most insurance plans offer hospice benefits. No Veteran will be refused care due to a lack of financial means to pay for services.
The VA Benefit pays for:
- The care and services of hospice team members.
- Medications and medical equipment related to the hospice diagnosis.
- All levels of care—routine, acute inpatient, respite, and continuous.
The Hospice Team – specialized care for Veterans and families
Committed to ensuring the quality of life and respecting the choices of the patient and family, our team of hospice experts offers a wide variety of specialized services designed to meet the unique needs of our Veterans and their family through care coordination with the Veterans Administration.
- The Veteran drives their plan of care through personal choices.
- Family and loved ones are taught how to safely care for the Veteran. They are given support throughout the end-of-life process.
- The nurse case manager is an expert in pain and symptom management. The nurse will develop the plan of care, and continue to assess changing needs.
- Our Board Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Physicians are available for home visits and consultation with your physician and hospice team members.
- A social worker will assist with VA resources and benefits while addressing the psychological and emotional needs of the Veteran and family.
- Chaplains can provide for spiritual needs.
- Home health aides assist with personal care and light housekeeping.
- Trained volunteers provide companionship, friendly visits, and support for caregivers.
- A registered dietician assists with dietary needs.
- Physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapy are available when deemed necessary for the Veteran’s comfort by the team.
- A bereavement specialist provides family support for at least 13 months after the Veteran’s death.
- SandCastles Grief Support Program for Children and FamiliesSM, offers open-ended support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Where can I receive hospice care?
Most hospice patients receive care in their own home, family member’s place of residence, or:
- In a skilled nursing home
- Independent living facilities
- Assisted-living centers
- Adult foster homes
Veterans may be moved to another approved facility to provide acute symptom control when symptoms cannot be adequately controlled at home. Veterans may also be moved for respite care in order to provide relief for a caregiver.
Want to help?
No Veteran is refused care due to lack of financial means to pay for services. Donations help fund care for those who have no insurance or are unable to pay for the full cost of services themselves. Donations also pay for extra services or to help families in need.