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Hospice Veteran Partnership of New Jersey

 

 

The Hospice Veteran Partnership is a national cooperative undertaking between hospice and the Veterans Administration.   The Hospice Veteran Partnership of New Jersey was one of the first state partnerships, launched in 2007.  The Home Care Foundation of NJ provides coordination and administrative support for the HVP.

Our Vision:All New Jersey veterans should have quality hospice and palliative care at the time and place of need.” 

Our Mission: “To establish an enduring network of hospice and VA professionals, volunteers, and interested organizations working together to provide quality services through the end of life for all of our area’s veterans.”

Our Challenge:

Currently, one in four dying Americans is a veteran.  Only 42% of veterans are registered with the VA and many of these also use community health services.  Only 4% of veterans die in a VA bed.  But out in the community, caregivers in hospice, nursing homes and hospitals have little training in dealing with the psychological, physical and pharmaceutical complications of veterans nearing the end of their lives.  Those problems can be enormous, from the psychological trauma of PTSD to the physical issues of Agent Orange, to homelessness of veterans and substance abuse.  Even matters as simple as veterans feeling guilt about service-related events or keeping the horrors of war secret from their families – these are all issues that affect the quality of veterans’ final days.

Our Support:

The HVP engages dozens of hospice agencies, the VA and other organizations to promote better healthcare of veterans, especially at end of life.  The HVP meets quarterly, in-person or by conference call.  Activities include:

  • Encouraging hospices to identify military service by its patients and families.
  • Promoting use of the Military History Checklist by hospices and palliative care programs.
  • Presence and participation in up to five “Stand Down” events in New Jersey each year.Stand Downs are half-day events, similar to health fairs, for homeless veterans.
  • “Pinning ceremonies” by hospices and at nursing homes to recognize military veterans for their service.
  • Promoting the annual “Honor Flight” bus trips by New Jersey veterans to the military monuments in Washington, D.C.
  • Encouraging hospices to enroll in the “We Honor Veterans” national program to improve veterans’ healthcare.

 

Show your support by purchasing a pin

 

Helpful Veterans resources available for download

 

Veterans and Hospice Care

Military History Checklist Guide

Veteran Pinning Ceremony

 

We invite you to get involved in the HVP!

Contact the Home Care Foundation of NJ for more information:

 

 Hospice Veteran Partnership of New Jersey|
c/o Home Care Foundation of NJ
411 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016
(NJ Bankers Association building)
www.homecarenj.org / don@homecarenj.org
732-877-1100 / fax 732-877-1101

 

HVPNJ members gather around the Points of Light Award given to the Hospice Veteran Partnership of New Jersey by the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives in December 2015.

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