Hospice and Palliative Care
We want you to know that we care about YOU and YOU matter to us throughout all the stages of your life.
Lets face it: all chronic illnesses eventually run their course. As they advance, they become unresponsive even to the best of treatments.
- Good medical care has always been about helping you live well with a chronic illness, generally for many years.
- In time, most chronic diseases will become more progressive.
- When that happens, it is not unusual for you and your family to have complex care needs.
- This is when the special attention and medical expertise of palliative care can be most helpful.
Some examples of common chronic illnesses that progress over time and may benefit from Palliative Care:
- Congestive Heart Failure and heart diseases
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases such as emphysema
- Many types of cancer
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
We are prepared to help you by providing specialized care teams called PALLIATIVE CARE.
What is the difference between Hospice and Palliative Care?
- Palliative care is provided when the Veteran is still seeking treatment.
- Palliative Care offers control of a progressing illness when there is general agreement of a life expectancy of greater than 6 months.
- Palliative care (unlike Hospice) carries a co-pay just as any other medical service provided by the VA would.
- Hospice care is provided when there is a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Hospice care has no co-pays and is provided without charge for ALL Veterans through the VA Medical Benefits package.
- Even if you have never been enrolled in the VA, as a Veteran you have the option of receiving hospice care without cost by virtue of your service to our country.
- Hospice in the community is paid for and provided by special Hospice Community Partners.
- These Hospice Community Partners work with you and your family in the comfort of your home.
- To learn more about special work many Hospice Community Partners do for Veterans in their homes, see www.wehonorveterans.org*
- Both provide expert palliative care.
America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.