We Honor Veterans in Phoenix, AZ
Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces for their service to their country. At Solace Hospice, we believe they deserve a special form of hospice care for veterans, which is why we offer our We Honor Veterans program to all veterans.
At Solace Hospice, we acknowledge every veteran’s service to their country with a military pinning ceremony performed at their home or facility. We also make sure the funeral home has a flag to incorporate into their memorial service.
Combat Veterans have seen the worst humanity has to offer. Your veteran may have had to bury their feelings about things they were called upon to do in the line of duty. As end-of-life approaches, emotions of shame, guilt and regret may arise. This is where Veteran hospice care for veterans may help.
Hospice at home
As you care for your seriously ill loved one, do you ever wish you had a medical team easily available to help and to answer your caregiver questions? That’s what hospice care is and more. You and your family will have:
- 24/7 access for advice and assistance.
- Home visits from a nurse to help manage symptoms
- A certified nursing assistant to help with bathing and grooming
- Medical equipment and prescriptions to help with comfort care
- A Social Worker who can help with programs available in your area and help you with those you qualify for and any needed paperwork
- Emotional and spiritual care and support from a nondenominational chaplain
- Respite care or caregiver respite for a needed break caring for a family member
- Volunteers who can visit with the patient for socialization or so the family caregiver can take a much-needed break
Do not let concern about finances keep you from these services. Payment for hospice care is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance, we don’t charge out of pocket deductibles.
Delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
You may not have heard much about your loved one’s combat experiences. In generations past, veterans made it a point to put the war behind them and “forget.” But as they face the challenges of serious illness, many vets start having symptoms that appear to be a delayed form of PTSD.
Dependence on others, physical pain, or the need for medication can bring up old, traumatic memories. Dad may start to have nightmares or insomnia. Or you might notice an unexplained change in Mom’s temperament. This likely comes on because the stress of illness makes it too hard for the mind to continue suppressing the bad memories. For instance:
- Trouble breathing from an illness such as COPD brings up past anxieties.
- Pain can provoke memories of one’s own or another’s injuries.
- Medications for pain or other conditions can cause fuzzy thinking. This in itself interferes with keeping combat memories at bay.
In addition, combat veterans have seen the worst humanity has to offer. Your family relative may have had to bury feelings about things they were called on to do in the line of duty. As the reality of “meeting one’s maker” draws closer, however, overpowering emotions of shame, guilt, and regret may arise. This is where veterans hospice care can help.
Our nurses, chaplains and social workers are specially trained to deliver hospice care for veterans. They support the medical, emotional and spiritual care needs of those who selflessly answered the call of duty.
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Korean War vets
Between 1950 and 1953, close to 2 million American soldiers fought in the Korean War. Often called the “Forgotten War,” more than half of those who served are still alive today. Most are in their 80s and 90s, with some cresting 100 years of age. Perhaps you have a family member who fought in that war.
Everyone who served in Korea was subject to extremely cold and wet conditions. The soldiers suffered from frostbite, trench foot, and hypothermia. Although these injuries occurred decades ago, they set up Korean War veterans for a particular array of health problems in old age:
- Numbness of the feet. Lack of feeling in the feet often leads to poor balance and frequent falls. Also lack of awareness of wounds and infections, which can result in the need for amputation. If the veteran has diabetes, the risk of amputation is even greater.
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This disease affects the blood vessels, causing them to narrow and sometimes spasm. Blood flow in the legs decreases, causing pain.
- Skin cancers. Korean War vets are getting cancer at the site of their frostbite scars. Usually this is on the feet and earlobes.
- Arthritis in previously cold-injured areas.
- Nighttime pain.
- Extra sensitivity to cold.
Do any of these sound familiar? Give us a call at 602-888-7037. We truly understand how to give hospice care to veterans.
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The Vietnam War spanned from 1964 and 1975. Almost 3.5 million members of the military served in that conflict. Was your relative one of them? This group of veterans continues to face physical and mental health problems.
Agent Orange. This is an herbicide that was widely sprayed during the war. It can cause many illnesses (for instance, some cancers, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease). If your loved one has any of these, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Vietnam veterans experienced not only the trauma of war, but also a conflicted return home. There was no hero’s welcome. No reentry program. This made adjustment to civilian life especially difficult. In fact, 38% of marriages ended within six months of the veteran’s return. Those with PTSD grappled with nightmares, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Anger control issues were not uncommon.
Even now, a quarter of a million Vietnam vets are dealing with ongoing emotional issues. To cover painful memories and feelings, many vets have turned to alcohol and drugs. And in the decades since returning, many have also become homeless.
Are you an adult child of a Vietnam vet? Your parent’s challenges likely influenced family life. You may not feel close to your relative as a result. You may also find it hard to balance your vet’s need for eldercare with your own feelings from childhood.
We understand. In addition to providing hospice care for veterans, we can help you process your own family injuries from the Vietnam War.
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