America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. That’s why our hospice is taking part in the We Honor Veterans program. Our staff understands the unique needs of veterans and are prepared to meet the specific challenges that veterans and their families may face at the end of life.
We have embraced our mission to service America’s veterans. It our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices they have made in serving us.
Veteran Specific Staff Training:
Hospice of Siouxland provides enhanced staff training on the unique needs and challenges of Veterans facing end-of-life. By understanding the challenges our Veteran patients are facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience, we are able to better serve our patients. Hospice of Siouxland has been able to work with the Veteran’s Administration to provide staff training on benefits available to Veterans on hospice care. This assists Veteran patients to access benefits available to them.
Our Veteran-to-Veteran Program:
Hospice of Siouxland has implemented an innovative model for serving Veterans at the end-of-life, the Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program.
The Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program aims to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with each patient thereby creating an environment where life review and healing may occur.
Veterans are a part of a distinct culture with their own common language and experience. When Veterans interact, their common language and experience can form a strong relational bond. The camaraderie created between Veterans has proven to be support for all involved.
Here are some examples of our veteran volunteers honoring veteran patients. Click on photos to enlarge.