One of every four dying Americans has served in the military. It is our privilege to provide care with dignity near the end of life for South Jersey veterans.
Samaritan is committed to honoring our community’s veterans and their families by providing veteran-specific hospice care that recognizes their distinctive needs. These needs may be influenced by:
• Combat or non-combat experience
• Which war or conflict they served in
• POW experiences
• Service-connected injuries or illness
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Branch of service and rank
• Enlisted vs drafted
• Feelings about service and service mission
These life experiences may greatly affect a veteran’s physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort at the end of life. For this reason, as you or your loved one enters our care, our trained professionals will include information about your military history into your medical history. This allows our care plan to reflect your individual needs and wishes as we work toward the most peaceful transition for both patient and family caregivers.
Samaritan proudly participates in We Honor Veterans (WHV). This pioneering program was created by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Its purpose is to empower hospice and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.
Within the WHV program, there are four levels – or stars – of distinction that veteran’s hospices can earn. The goal of these star levels is to establish a common core of “best practices” to ensure that those who have served our country receive the most effective care. Samaritan’s hospice care for veteran, and community education/outreach, has earned WHV’s highest four-star level – one of only seven hospices in New Jersey to do so. This distinction has earned us the ability to display the four-star logo below.
Samaritan also actively participates in the Hospice Veterans Partnership (HVP) of New Jersey, an affiliate of the Homecare & Hospice Association of New Jersey. HVP’s mission is to establish a network of hospice and VA professionals, veterans, volunteers, and other interested organizations joining forces to provide quality services through the end of life for New Jersey’s veterans and their families.
» Hospice and palliative care
» Funeral/burial benefits
» Spousal/survivor benefits
Clockwise from bottom left: Korean War Veteran Phillip Marcantonio, Vietnam War Veteran Harvey Gsell, WW II Veterans Carl & Ethel Zickfoose
Respectful Inquiry, Compassionate Listening, Grateful Acknowledgment
Hospice care is a benefit for veterans who are in the final phase of their lives — typically six months or less in a doctor’s best judgment if the illness follows its normal course. This team approach to end-of-life care helps veterans live each day as fully and comfortably as possible, and provides support for the family or friends caring for the veteran.
Hospice and palliative care are part of the Veterans Health Administration’s Standard Medical Benefits Package for all veterans who have enrolled with the VA and who meet the clinical criteria for hospice care. Currently, only one of every three veterans has enrolled in the VA to receive benefits.
The VA will provide for or purchase needed hospice and palliative care services from a community provider such as Samaritan for all enrolled Veterans, whether those services are needed in an inpatient setting or in the home. Contrary to common belief, the majority of veterans (96%) receive direct care at the end of life from community healthcare providers, such as Samaritan, rather than from the Department of Veterans Affairs (4%). There are no copays for veteran hospice care whether it is directly provided by VA or an organization with a VA contract.
You may qualify for VA health care benefits and services:
For more details, visit www.va.gov >>
NOTE: We encourage you to apply for VA health benefits before you are coping with a healthcare crisis.This will provide you and your family with broader choices and the opportunity to access services you have earned through your service. To apply for VA health care benefits, contact your County Veterans Service Officer or apply online at www.1010ez.med.va.gov.
As a veteran, you may choose to access hospice care through VA benefits (if you have enrolled and qualify), or through alternative insurers such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or commercial insurers. If you are a VA-enrolled veteran who chooses to access hospice care through Medicare or another insurer, you can still get other VA health care and benefits to which you are entitled at the same time.
In 2016, Samaritan was proud to provide hospice care for 439 veterans and their families. The cost of some of these veterans’ care was paid through VA; others opted to use their Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial insurer as the primary payor. With all the available choices, the bottom line is that no veteran or family member should let the issue of coverage prevent you from seeking hospice care when you need it.
WHERE CAN VETERANS RECEIVE HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice care can be provided wherever the veteran lives, including:
Keep in mind, however, that receiving hospice care in VA facilities requires prior enrollment for health care services.
VA Medical Center Philadelphia
3900 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
VA Medical Center Wilmington
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19805