Veteran Services​

​Peaceful and Proud

​Do you have a loved one who is also a veteran? Did you know that experiencing military service, especially combat, colors the way that veterans face death? Providing end-of-life care for those who have served in our Armed Forces requires sensitivity, understanding and respect. Hospice of the Western Reserve has developed a dedicated program called Peaceful & Proud to meet the special needs of veterans.our-services-specialized-veterans-2.jpg

Veterans who face issues related to their military experiences find meaning in the emotional and spiritual components of hospice care. Support is even more crucial for those who do not have a strong network of family and friends. Our staff and volunteers trained to help manage post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychosocial service-related issues impacting veterans, such as remorse, regret, anxiety and substance abuse.

Veterans receive specialized end-of-life care from clinical staff members who are trained to support them. Veteran-to-veteran volunteering matches hospice patients with volunteers who can relate to them as fellow service members. Last year alone, 82 veteran volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of companionship to veteran hospice patients, providing a caring presence and the camaraderie of shared experiences.

​Hospice can be provided in a patient's home, at our care centers, hospital and assisted living communities or in VA facilities. Patients are encouraged to heal through self-expression and through legacy work, storytelling and music and art therapies. Spiritual care and counseling, help with navigating benefits,  and recognition for military service through meaningful  ceremonies are among the other special services offered to veterans and their families.

Veterans Recognition Ceremonies

Hospice of the Western Reserve conducts both private and public Veterans Recognition Ceremonies, "pinnings," that range from intimate ceremonies involving a single hospice patient and close family members to large public ceremonies with hundreds of participants.

The recognition ceremonies are available to all veterans, whether or not they have any affiliation with hospice.  In 2014, more than 2,200 veterans were honored in public appreciation ceremonies and 404 hospice patients were recognized in private family ceremonies.

Click here to watch a video of a recent Veterans Recognition Ceremony honoring a World War II vet and a real-life "Rosie the Riveter" and here to watch a Purple Heart recipient honored.

If you would like more information on scheduling a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony, click here.

our-services-specialized-veterans-3.jpgOur Veterans Walk of Honor and Gardens are located at Ames Family Hospice House and the Medina Hospice Care Center. The Ames garden is planted in undulated beds of red, white and blue flowers and shrubs. Both gardens feature a monumental American flag. Tribute bricks for the pathway can be purchased in honor of veterans and those currently serving in the military.

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We Honor Veterans        

​Hospice of the Western Reserve was the first hospice in Northeast Ohio to achieve "Partner Level Four" status – the highest level available – from the national We Honor Veteran program. The Level Four designation is given only to hospice organizations deemed to offer the highest level of ongoing commitment to providing veterans with access to quality end-of-life care. We are proud to serve those who served our nation.​


 
Hospice of Medina County, Hospice of the Western Reserve Team up to Honor Veterans

Pins of recognition are handed out to local veterans​.