VA Butler Healthcare has made significant gains in the care provided to Veterans in the Hospice Care Program. In the recent Bereaved Family Survey, which measures excellence of care provided to Veterans at the end of life, VA Butler Healthcare ranked number one in the nation. The Survey is administered to families of Veterans who have died in a VA facility by the PROMISE Center at the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
“Many positive changes have been initiated in VA Butler’s Hospice Care Program, some of which include: special tree and flag ceremonies on the Hospice Units in the Community Living Center, utilization of alternative pain management delivery systems, and frequent interdisciplinary rounds to support Veterans and loved ones,” said Dawn Jockel, VA Butler’s Palliative Care Support Coordinator.
Hospice is designed to focus on the quality of life and comfort for a Veteran with an advanced disease that is life-limiting. The program incorporates the physical needs of our Veterans, but also the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of America’s heroes and their loved ones.
America’s Veterans have given everything to protect our freedom. VA Butler is dedicated to doing everything to help Veterans and their family members make the most of the time they have left together.
“One way we were able to help a Veteran in the Hospice Care Program this past year was by tracking his beloved cocker spaniel Charlie through the Humane Society adoption process. It brought him peace knowing his dog was adopted out to a loving home,” said Jockel.
The goal of the hospice program is to ensure Veteran comfort and family support. “We also recently assisted an out-of-state transfer of a Veteran whose last wish was to be at home when he passed. This helped provide closure for his family and friends as well,” said Jockel.
When your loved one requires end-of-life care, it’s a hard road ahead, but you don’t have to travel it alone. VA Butler’s Hospice Team is here for you. We understand that this period of time is certainly the most difficult for you and your family. We’re here for the whole family – to provide support, care, and a shoulder to cry on. VA Butler also offers a bereavement support group to provide a venue for family members and Veterans to cope with a loss of a loved one.
VA Butler Healthcare admits Veterans who want or need inpatient hospice care to our Community Living Center. For more information about VA Butler’s inpatient Hospice Care program, contact the Palliative Care Coordinator at 1-800-362-8262, ext. 2763 or visit www.butler.va.gov/services/Hospice_Care.asp.