We Honor Veterans continues to build and expand on initiatives in collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration to engage hospices in delivering quality end of life care for Vietnam-era and combat Veterans and those that have been impacted by trauma. Resources and free trainings continue to become available, if you would like further information please reach out to your area Trauma-Informed Care Initiative Grantee or contact us.
September, 2020 brought the conclusion of the pilot “Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans on Hospice Initiative”. This initiative, which began in April 2020, sought to build on the 2019 Vietnam Veteran initiative in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care of Veterans on hospice impacted by trauma. This pilot initiative, mandated by Congress, supported efforts to improve access to key resources and services available from the VA such as palliative telemental health services, more uniform and routine Veteran care planning to address trauma-informed care elements (e.g., screening for PTSD and Suicidal Ideation), and using established curricula to improve hospice staff expertise in identifying and addressing the suffering associated with PTSD, Moral Injury, and Suicide Prevention. Below is the final report highlighting feedback and data outcomes from the 230+ community hospice providers and 14 State Hospice Organization and HVP grant awardee participants.
In 2019, We Honor Veterans enlisted the help of a market research team to deepen our understanding and guide end-of-life care for Vietnam Veterans who are seeking hospice and palliative care. By conducting interviews with hospice nurses, caregivers and family members, and Vietnam Veterans entering hospice care, we were able to craft protocols and create a care planning guide for providers.
Below are resources for providers caring for Veterans that have been impacted by trauma:
VA & NHPCO Screening and Referral of Veterans on Hospice Webinar, 11/16/2021
WHV & VA Trauma Informed Care Webinar, 06/25/2020
Links to VHA TRAIN Courses *note Continuing Education credits available but you must register first. Click here for our guide to setting up a TRAIN account.
The trainings below were created by VA subject matter experts specifically for training community hospice providers who are caring for Veterans who may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Moral Injury, or Suicidal Ideation.
WHV Webinar Recordings Including Q&A with VA Faculty and PowerPoint Slides for Download
VA is Seeking Clinical Staff, Veterans, and Veterans’ Family Members to Participate in Telephone Interviews
The Palliative Care Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) has a goal of developing tools and resources to support best practices in the delivery of high-quality palliative care for Veterans. As part of QuIRC’s duties to support initiatives of the national program office of hospice and palliative medicine to improve the quality of mental health support and outcomes available to trauma-exposed and Viet Nam era Veterans. QuIRC is seeking telephone interviews with up to 9 Veterans or Veterans’ family members, and between 12 and 15 clinical staff representing hospice providers and VA mental health providers supporting their care remotely.
Clinical staff that are willing to participate can contact the QuIRC team at QuIRC@VA.gov