Compass Regional Hospice honors military veterans
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.
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.