SUN Home Health & Hospice Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner
Picture Caption: On left, Daniel Yocum, Mt. Carmel, Vietnam War era combat veteran is the first SUN Home Hospice We Honor Veterans program participant. He is shown in the above picture with Annette Miller, RN, Director of SUN Home Hospice.
NORTHUMBERLAND - It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflects the important contributions made by these men and women, SUN Home Health & Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, SUN Home Health & Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away -- and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. "Partners" can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, SUN Home Health & Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran's military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, SUN Home Health & Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
"All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end-of-life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities."
"VA shares a common goal with our nation's hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans -- wherever they are receiving care."
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
"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," added Schumacher.
Donna Jenkins, BSN, RN, Executive Vice President Home Health/Hospice at SUN Home Health & Hospice notes that "the organization is thrilled is be a part of this program to honor and assist Veterans. As a Veteran myself I take great pride in helping to assure my fellow servicemen and women receive the care they so deserve."
SUN Home provides home health and hospice services to 13 counties -- most in their entirety -- throughout Central Pennsylvania. For more information, call 1-888-478-6227 or visit the website at www.sunhomehealth.com.