Orange City Area Home Health & Hospice, a department of Orange City Area Health System, recently achieved “We Honor Veterans” Partner Level Four, the highest recognition of the We Honor Veterans program. According to the organization, Level Four “reflects Orange City Area Hospice’s continuing commitment and dedication to ensuring Veterans have access to quality end-of-life care.”
There are only six agencies in the state of Iowa that have achieved Level Four certification, and Orange City Area Hospice is the only Level Four Partner in Northwest Iowa.
We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This pioneering program recognizes the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. Community providers, in partnership with VA staff, help accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
“It is an honor and privilege to walk alongside our Veterans and their families during the last months of their life,” said Lisa Hofmeyer, RN, Orange City Area Home Health & Hospice Manager. “Our commitment includes showing them appreciation for their service, recognizing their sacrifice, providing resources and support unique to their life journey, and encouraging opportunities for healing.”
The goal of the We Honor Veterans program is to care for and honor those who have served when they reach the end of life. By working through the partner levels and participating in community partnerships and collaborations, partner organizations are able to educate, engage, and expand awareness to Veterans and their families, according to WeHonorVeterans.org.
A pinning ceremony is offered to Veteran patients and their families by the Orange City Area Home Health & Hospice staff and volunteers.