What to expect from veteran-specific hospice care

Easing end-of-life journeys for patients with military service

We recognize the unique needs of our veterans and their families at the end of life. For many, military life takes a toll on their physical, emotional and spiritual health.
 
Our care team at Goshen Hospice knows the importance of listening and learning about how military experiences affect the lives of patients and their family members. Through special training, we are prepared to care for those who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, service-related diseases, depression, anxiety and other conditions.
 

Veteran volunteers honor patients at end of life

As part of our service, we support a Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program that pairs patients with a veteran volunteer. Oftentimes patients feel comfortable with another veteran and can talk openly about their military experiences. The common bond of service enhances quality of life and eases the journey toward a more peaceful ending.
 
Special training guides veteran volunteers in providing comfort, support and companionship to patients who have served in the military and their families.

Community-wide veteran support efforts

Our community outreach programs increase access to end-of-life care for veterans in the region. We present veteran-specific programs to service organizations and work closely with area healthcare centers to share information about the unique needs of veterans.
 
Pinning ceremonies give us an opportunity to express gratitude for a patient’s military service. During planned events and spontaneous opportunities, veterans receive hat pins with the emblem of their military branch. It’s a meaningful way to recognize their service and sacrifice for their country. Veterans also have an opportunity to share stories about their experiences.

We Honor Veterans Partner

As a partner in the national We Honor Veterans (WHV) program, Goshen Health embraces the goal to increase hospice awareness among veterans in our community. WHV provides resources, including education and training materials, to help us expand the veteran-specific care we provide.
 
Goshen Hospice was the first WHV partner to achieve Level Three in Elkhart County. We continue to strengthen relationships with area hospice programs, Veterans Administration medical centers and veteran organizations.


Comfort. Care. Compassion.

Contact a hospice care specialist to find out more about veteran-specific care at Goshen Home Care & Hospice, (574) 364-2700.
 
Learn more about how to volunteer for our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program at Goshen Hospice.