By arhospice on May 25th, 2018 in News
North Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Hospice, the state’s largest provider of hospice services, announced the launch of “Committed to Veterans.” The program is designed to train Arkansas Hospice staff to identify military-service-related issues that arise or remain unresolved as veterans enter hospice care, and connect them with additional resources. The program is poised to achieve this goal by adhering to the following practices:
“One out of every four dying Americans is a veteran. Many of these men and women face the aftermath of military conflict. PTSD, moral injury, survivor’s guilt, and other military-service-related issues arise, challenging veterans and their families with unresolved issues as they enter hospice care. Arkansas Hospice recognizes the special opportunity we have to care for these veterans who have sacrificed to protect our freedom,” said Arkansas Hospice spokesman David Edwards in his opening remarks at the announcement.
Specifics of the program announced include:
Any veteran receiving care from Arkansas Hospice can benefit from the program. In certain instances, benefits and services from partner agencies may be available for spouses and family members.
David “Doc” Kenser, who Arkansas Hospice employed as the nation’s first fully accredited veterans claims agent in the role of Veterans Services Coordinator, will lead the program.
The announcement was made at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, at the conclusion of Arkansas Hospice’s “Remembering Those Who Served” memorial service honoring veterans who have passed. Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Director Gina Chandler, who was present for the announcement, said “We need more partners like Arkansas Hospice, who are launching programs that identify veterans who can benefit from our programs.” Carlos Cervantes, Pulaski County Veterans Service Officer, was also present as a representative service partner with Arkansas Hospice.
Arkansas Hospice currently provides hospice care for more than 600 patients from ten area offices serving 43 counties in the state, as well as inpatient centers in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Russellville.
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