Austin-area Veterans Get Support Through We Honor Veterans Partnership with Silverado Hospice

 12/29/2014

AUSTIN, TX (PRWEB) December 29, 2014 - 

"United States veterans and active duty military personnel in the Austin area have access to a myriad of resources as a result of a partnership between Silverado Hospice and We Honor Veterans – an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

The partnership serves Austin’s military population by addressing needs specific to veterans and their families. When a doctor refers a patient to Silverado Hospice in Austin, a military history checklist is completed by the social worker to document the individual’s military history. This process helps to identify specific needs as well as benefits the veteran may be eligible to receive. The team also uses the We Honor Veterans toolkit to better tailor patient care.

'We are honored to serve Austin’s veteran population as a We Honor Veterans partner,' shares Silverado Hospice Administrator Paula Sloan. “Sharing our expertise in partnership with organizations like NHPCO is part of a commitment we've made to address specific healthcare needs faced by the men and women who serve our country."

In addition to personalized care, Silverado participates in ongoing initiatives to provide resources to veterans and their families:

  • Pinning Ceremonies – Veterans and their families participate in a pinning ceremony, during which a certificate, an American flag and a special pin help to honor and commemorate the veteran’s service.
  • Veteran Resource Fairs – Silverado provides expertise by answering veteran-specific hospice questions and providing information about veteran benefits to military families at resource fairs throughout the area.
  • Staff Education Programs – Veteran-specific presentations are shared with Silverado clinical staff and volunteers.
  • Hospice Veteran Partnership – Silverado participates in special events with several other hospice organizations to share best practices and to stay connected to Veterans Affairs medical centers.

We Honor Veterans was developed in collaboration between NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve end-of-life care for all veterans. More information about the program is available at wehonorveterans.org."

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