A Mission To Serve Those Who Have Served

Top Quote Hospice of Wake County Honors Veteran Patients in 5 County Region. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) November 09, 2013 - Hospice of Wake County has a straightforward mission to serve, but fulfilling it is anything but simple. Each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs, and this includes America's veterans. As Veteran's Day approaches, Hospice of Wake County prepares to honor local service men and women at seven local nursing homes with special flag ceremonies and presentations.

    "Many people have unresolved issues near the end of life," said Mark Philbrick, Director of Education and Volunteer Services for Hospice of Wake County. "These could include estrangement from family members or negative life experiences that linger emotionally. The goal of Hospice is to help them come to a sense of peace emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. For America's veterans, the unresolved issues can be especially true. We will honor our local heroes on Monday with special flag ceremonies and presentations that show our heartfelt appreciation for their dedication and service."

    Facts about the Mission

    1 in 4 dying Americans is a veteran, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

    On Monday, November 11th, 170 veterans will be honored in local nursing homes within the five county area.

    - Windsor Point
     10:00am-1221 Broad Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    - Cypress-Rosewood
     10:30am-8710 Cypress Club Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615
    - Wellington Nursing Home
     11:00am-Wellington-100 Tandal Place, Knightdale, NC 27545
    - Kindred of Zebulon
     11:00am- 509 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC 27597
    - Carillon FV
     1:30pm-6516 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    - Universal of Lillington
     2:00pm-1995 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd, Lillington, NC 27546
    - Sunrise of Raleigh
     2:00pm-4801 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

    - Croasdaile Village
     3:30pm- Croasdaile-2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC 27705
    - Carver Living Center
     3:30pm-Carver-321 East Carver Street, Durham, NC 27704

    No matter how much time has passed, veterans carry the experiences of their military service with them, presenting unique challenges at the end of life.

    Veterans of each war have been exposed to diseases, environmental factors, and personal and public sentiments about their service. A veteran of the Vietnam War doesn't have the same needs as a veteran of the Korean War or World War II.

    HOWC recognizes the We Honor Veterans partnership between the National Hospice and Palliative Organization and the Department of Veteran's Affairs, created to address the unique needs of aging veterans.

    HOWC volunteers are trained with particular skills to serve veterans with the dignity they deserve. Because America's veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve, Hospice of Wake County believes it's never too late to give them a hero's welcome home.

    Joined by veteran partnerships, VA facilities, and volunteers across the state, Hospice of Wake County identifies veteran patients, evaluates the health impacts of their experiences, and determines the benefits that veterans and surviving dependents may be entitled to. This helps HOWC guide veterans and their families toward a peaceful journey home.

    About We Honor Veterans
    We Honor Veterans is a program created by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America's veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, will learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. It provides educational tools and resources to promote Veteran-centric educational activities, increase organizational capacity to serve Veterans, support development of strategic partnerships and increase access and improve quality. For more information, go to http://www.wehonorveterans.org/.

    About Hospice of Wake County
    Your community hospice since 1979, Hospice of Wake County provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one regardless of age, race, religion, or financial circumstances. Our service area includes Johnston, Franklin, Durham, Harnett and Wake counties, as well as Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Guided by community-based boards of directors and supported by a dedicated professional staff, our goal is to provide compassionate hospice care that allows patients to enjoy every moment of their lives to the fullest. For more information on Hospice of Wake County you may call 919-828-0890 or visit www.hospiceofwake.org.

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