RALEIGH – Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) has earned the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s “We Honor Veterans” Partner Level 3 by integrating veteran-specific content into volunteer and staff orientation programs. Only 4 percent of Hospice groups nationwide achieve this level.
The Wake County-based end-of-life organization expanded its Veteran to Veteran program to reach out to veteran hospice patients as well as local assisted living and skilled nursing facilities by completing Memorial Day and Veteran Day programs that honored more than 500 local veterans.
And, continuing education programs have been offered at the Durham VA Medical Center and to local veterans groups in Wake, Durham, and Harnett counties.
In addition to serving veterans at end of life, Hospice of Wake County is building a Veterans Garden on their Cary campus, to be completed and dedicated in early 2014. Technical assistance comes from Rich and Jim Sherman, whose mother was one of the first patients served in Hospice of Wake County’s Hospice Home in 2010, and financial assistance from the Hueston Foundation of Cary.
The garden will include a six-sided granite flag base (each side to represent a branch of the United States’ military), native plantings, and commemorative bricks.
Since 1979, Hospice of Wake County has provided physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one regardless of age, race, religion or financial circumstances.
The service area includes Johnston, Franklin, Durham, Harnett and Wake counties. Services include hospice, palliative care, transitional home care and bereavement.
Guided by community-based boards of directors and supported by a dedicated professional staff, the goal is to provide compassionate hospice care that allows patients to enjoy every moment of their lives to the fullest. For more information on Hospice of Wake County call 919-828-0890 or visit www.hospiceofwake.org.
We Honor Veterans (www.WeHonorVeterans.org) is a national hospice provider awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).