They are family members, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. They are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. They served our country and now they need our help.
The number of older veterans is growing rapidly. Veterans age 75 and older increased by about 12 percent over the past decade, and the number of veterans 85 years and older has tripled. More than 1,800 veterans die every day in the United States, more than 680,000 every year, accounting for 25 percent of all deaths in the US.
Only about four percent of veterans die in Veterans Administration facilities. The rest of our veterans are finishing their lives in the homes and communities in which they live. Hospices are providing a critical link in the care of these veterans. Hospices bring specialized end-of-life-care and support to where the patient and their loved ones need it—that may be their home or in a nursing home.
Increasing access and education among veterans and providing them with more choices regarding care during the final phase of their lives is critical. As neighbors, friends, and family members, there is a role every American can play to improve care. If you know a veteran who is in need of the special end-of-life-care hospice provides, serve them by reaching out and helping them learn more about hospice. Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to all patients.
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