Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice hon­ors mil­i­tary vet­er­ans

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CENTREVILLE — Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice is proud to serve mil­i­tary vet­er­ans through the National Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Care Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s “We Honor Vet­er­ans” pro­gram. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in this pro­gram re­quires that hos­pice staff and vol­un­teers are ed­u­cated about is­sues spe­cific to vet­er­ans who have been di­ag­nosed with a life lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

“Hos­pice nurses, aides, so­cial work­ers and grief coun­selors rec­og­nize the unique needs of dy­ing vet­er­ans,” said Court­ney Wil­liams, man­ager, vol­un­teer and pro­fes­sional ser­vices for Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice. “Our team, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers who have served in the mil­i­tary, ac­com­pa­nies and guides vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies to­ward a more peace­ful end­ing.”

All hos­pice pa­tients who have served in the mil­i­tary are hon­ored with a spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion cer­e­mony dur­ing which they re­ceive a framed cer­tifi­cate, pa­tri­otic lap quilt hand­made by vol­un­teers, a pin and a table­top flag.

“For many vet­er­ans this is the first and only recog­ni­tion they have re­ceived for their ser­vice to our coun­try,” said Wil­liams. “When we have a vet­eran in res­i­dence at the Hos­pice Cen­ter in Centreville we dis­play a flag hon­or­ing the branch of the mil­i­tary in which the pa­tient served.”

Clin­i­cal care for vet­er­ans pro­vided by Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice is co­or­di­nated with the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Com­pass team mem­bers as­sists vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies when they need to ac­cess hos­pice ben­e­fits pro­vided through the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion. These ben­e­fits may in­clude home care­giv­ing ser­vices, med­i­cal treat­ment and hos­pice care.

To learn more about the Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice “We Honor Vet­er­ans” pro­gram and how hos­pice care can be co­or­di­nated through the VA, call 443-262-4100. Also visit www. com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice dis­plays flags for the branch of the mil­i­tary in which pa­tients have served when they are res­i­dents at the Hos­pice Cen­ter in Centreville.

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