Veteran Hospice Services at White Dove

Hospice centers exist for people who are struggling with terminal conditions and reaching the end of their life. Patients go to hospice centers once doctors determine that there is nothing more that they can do to treat them.

Hospice centers are beneficial. This is because they provide patients with the resources that they need to get through the final days of their lives. Everything from religious services to quality-of-life care is provided at a hospice center.

Veterans who have done their duty to society by serving in the military receive special hospice benefits. The U.S. government provides these veteran services because all veterans deserve respect in every stage of life.

Benefits of Hospice Centers

Hospice centers seek to provide an ideal environment for patients who are near the end of their life. Many people who use hospice centers are struggling with a terminal illness that doctors are unable to solve.

The majority of people who are in hospice care are at an advanced age. Technically though, any person at any age that is at the end of his or her life can stay in a hospice center.

One of the best parts about hospice care centers is that they often relax many medical rules. This is due to the fact that patients usually have a limited amount of time remaining in their lives.

Consequently, patients with chronic pain can receive palliative medications that make them feel comfortable and happy. Hospice patients also usually receive more freedom to get out of bed and decide what treatments they receive than other medical patients.

The environment in hospice centers is also very nurturing to patients who are at the end of their lives. For example, many hospice centers contain outdoor footpaths that patients are free to walk down to become connected with nature. Veteran hospice patients can even receive religious veteran services on a frequent basis to prepare them for passing away.

What Are Veteran Hospice Services?

Veterans suffering from terminal conditions can take advantage of a unique range of benefits. The U.S. government provides these veteran services because it believes that veterans should always receive respect, even when passing away. Veterans can receive these hospice benefits regardless of their socioeconomic status or rank.

Hospice veteran services can be received from a wide range of venues. Most veterans choose to live out their final days at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) community living centers. However, in many cases, the VA covers the cost of veterans staying in a private community living center.

Some veterans can also stay in either a medical foster home or a state veteran’s home. Some veterans that desire to live out their final days at home can even receive in-home treatment options.

Types of Veteran Services At Hospices

Veterans qualify for a comprehensive range of services at hospices across the country. Before enrolling in a hospice center, doctors will usually recommend a specific treatment plan.

The amount of time that a veteran has left to live combined with the nature of care that a veteran requires determines what hospice center is recommended to him or her. However, the VA provides a wider range of end-of-life benefits. These benefits can help to improve the lives of veterans while they are still alive. That way the families of veterans are less burdened with medical bills when their loved ones pass away.

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Funeral Benefits

One of the best parts of being a U.S. veteran is that the government covers the cost of your funeral services. Veterans also receive the right to be buried in a national cemetery.

The VA even provides veterans with up to two years to receive their burial allowance. This allows veterans to be able to take their time when deciding how they want to be buried.

The burial allowance that the VA offers covers a wide range of expenses. For example, the VA covers the cost of burials and funerals. The VA also covers the cost of veteran gravesites if a veteran is buried in a national cemetery. Finally, the VA covers the cost of transportation for every veteran who’s transferred to a national cemetery.

Keep in mind though that there are limits to the burial costs that the VA will cover. The VA cannot cover burial costs for soldiers who died while on active duty. They also can’t cover the burial costs for soldiers who died while serving a federal prison sentence.

Currently, for veterans buried outside of a national cemetery, the VA can only provide a maximum of $807 for a burial plot, $300 for a burial allowance, and $231 for a headstone. Additionally, individuals can only receive reimbursements for the cost of moving a veteran’s remains when veteran patients pass away at a VA-contracted nursing home.

Veteran Benefits

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) standard medical benefits package provides comprehensive hospice services to all enrolled veterans. Veterans don’t need to pay any costs associated with hospice veteran services. They don’t even need to pay copays prior to receiving their veteran services. Veterans receive these benefits regardless of whether the VA or a third-party provider that has a contract with the VA provides hospice services.

Upon admission to a hospice center, veterans generally receive a geriatric evaluation. This evaluation assesses the veterans’ abilities to take care of themselves and engage with other people in social environments. After the geriatric evaluation, the VA will then decide what additional veteran services the patient will need.

Patients can receive adult day care services as part of their treatment plan. Adult daycare is often used in conjunction with in-home health services and respite care.

Long-Term Skilled Nursing Services

The VA covers skilled nursing programs for terminal patients. In fact, the VA offers a program called skilled home health care (SHHC) services.

SHHC services are generally only for veterans who are located too far from a VA hospital to receive adequate medical care. Consequently, SHHC services are a short-term solution that the VA generally only uses in relatively rare circumstances.

Most veterans who receive skilled nursing services from the VA do so in an inpatient capacity. VA hospitals, VA hospice centers, and facilities that contract with the VA often receive long-term skilled nursing services. These skilled nursing facilities focus on psychological and physical well-being when providing end-of-life care.

The VA generally doesn’t cover other skilled nursing services, such as rehabilitation, therapy, or speech pathology. Nevertheless, patients can choose to pay for additional services out of pocket or with supplementary insurance.

High-Quality Palliative Care

The VA covers palliative care for patients who have been assessed by a VA-approved medical professional to have six months or less to live. Essentially, patients who are struggling with a terminal condition that has a serious impact on their mental or physical well-being receive palliative care services. Palliative care treatment is also often used in response to terminal forms of cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, CPOD, and other serious medical issues that can cause significant physical trauma.

When hospice centers use palliative care, they consider the well-being of a patient’s family. Palliative care even sometimes provides family members with guidance on how to deal with seeing their loved ones struggling. Some family members even receive psychological counseling to help them cope with mental trauma through palliative care.

The VA doesn’t cover most treatments that are provided to family members. However, family members have the option of paying for these treatments out of pocket or with the assistance of their own health insurance plan.

Deciding Whether to Use Veteran Hospice Services

Choosing to accept hospice services can be a challenging decision for patients and their families to make. If you or a loved one are in a situation where you need to choose whether or not to enroll in a VA hospice program, White Dove Hospice in Thousand Oaks, Calif., can provide the assistance you need to make the right decisions.

White Dove Hospice is passionate about helping all veterans who have served their country. Contact us today to start moving forward with a hospice treatment plan that will improve your quality of life.


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To learn more about White Dove Hospice, contact us over the phone or by email. Our staff members will gladly speak to you and answer any questions that you may have about our hospice center.

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We even go as far as to allow our patients to help design their own plan of care. That way, their needs can be better met.

We also promise all of our patients that we’ll always provide high-quality care that’s rendered with compassion, professionalism, and experience. One of the forms of high-quality hospice care that we offer our patients is private duty care.

It’s important to make sure that a person with an incurable illness is comfortable and respected until his or her last day on earth. In Thousand Oaks, CA, our staff is ready and willing to help. For more information, contact us today.