Goshen Hospice earns “We Honor Veterans” level four recognition

June 28, 2019

Goshen Hospice has earned its fourth star in the national We Honor Veterans (WHV) program, making it the only locally based WHV level four partner in Elkhart County. Level Four recognizes the commitment Goshen Hospice has made to ensure military veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.
“We’ve developed a community-based program to honor those who have served our country and offer veteran-specific services,” said Brenda Wilkinson, BSN, RN, CHPN.

To achieve Level Four, Goshen Hospice expanded its partnerships with other organizations that care for veterans. An outreach team coordinated a pinning ceremony at Courtyard Healthcare Center in March 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The group also has presented pins and hospice information during meetings at the Goshen chapter of Disabled American Veterans. On July 19, Goshen Hospice will sponsor a special veteran program at the upcoming Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
“We want to provide the best care for veterans in our community,” said Brandie Yoder, Director of Goshen Home Care & Hospice. “That’s why we partner with local skilled nursing facilities to share information about care for military veterans at the end of life.”
One out of four dying Americans is a veteran. Many who have served in the military struggle with unfinished business at the end of their lives. Through veteran-specific education programs, Goshen Hospice care teams have learned how to care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, service-related diseases and other conditions. In addition, all staff members and volunteers are specially trained to focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment as they guide veterans toward a peaceful ending.
For more information about veteran outreach programs or to volunteer, contact Goshen Hospice at (574) 364-2700.