Arkansas Hospice recognizes the special opportunity we have to care for the men and women who sacrificed to protect our freedom. With one out of every four dying Americans being a veteran, combined with the critical issues faced by many of those who have served, Arkansas Hospice has developed Committed to Veterans to address these needs in conjunction with their hospice care.
In addition to providing education and resources, through Committed to Veterans the Arkansas Hospice team is trained to communicate effectively and honestly with our veterans, and coordinate transitions across VA and community care settings.
Several time a year, Arkansas Hospice hosts ceremonies and events to thank our current veteran patients and remember those patients who have passed. We also recognize each veteran in our care by presenting a flag and personalized certificate to each patient.
Under the guidelines of our Committed to Veterans program, veteran benefit status is reviewed so that we can help secure the compensation or assistance due our veterans and/or survivors for their service.
“We provide honor and service to our country’s heroes while they are living, then hope and security to their families at their final muster.”
– David “Doc” Kenser, Veterans Service Coordinator
Arkansas Hospice is the only hospice in the state to be recognized as a Level 5 Hospice Partner, the highest certification of any We Honor Veterans partner in Arkansas, and one of only a handful in the nation.
Arkansas Hospice is one of only seven organizations and the only healthcare provider in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. *Arkansas Hospice is the first hospice in the country to employ a fully accredited veterans claims agent as its veterans service coordinator.
Arkansas Hospice has also been accepted as a Commemorative Partner by the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration for demonstrating activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service, valor, and sacrifice.
As a Partner in the program, Arkansas Hospice will be conducting veteran-centric events or activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service and sacrifice.
Vet-to-Vet: This program pairs a veteran patient with a veteran volunteer who may have a better understanding of what the patient has experienced. A veteran volunteer may assist with providing companionship to veteran patients by holding conversations, interacting with games and much more. They may also provide a much-needed break to the primary caregiver.
Be an Everyday Advocate: It’s as easy as talking with your family, friends, elected officials and community members about the importance of not only honoring our veterans on special holidays, but also advocating on their behalf to ensure that our veterans acquire all the benefits they deserve.
Donate: As a nonprofit organization, our innovative veteran services would not be possible without charitable support. Help us go above and beyond to bring dignity, comfort and peace to our veterans and their families by giving online at www.arkansashospice.org and clicking donate to designate your gift to our Veteran Services Fund today.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.