We Honor Veterans
Iowa City Hospice has a deep respect and gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and takes very seriously the importance of providing “veteran-centric” care at end of life. Our volunteers and staff take additional training in order to provide empathic, non-judgmental support to veterans and their families.
Iowa City Hospice is a participant in the national initiative “We Honor Veterans.” Led by the Veterans Affairs Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Iowa City Hospice has demonstrated its commitment and knowledge of veteran’s issues by working our way up through four levels of skill.
Iowa City Hospice is a leader in the community regarding veteran’s needs at end of life, and has provided community education to area hospitals, Veterans Service Organizations and community organizations.
Am I Eligible For VA Benefits If I Choose Hospice?
Yes! A veteran who is dually eligible for VA and Medicare or Medicaid can elect to have hospice care under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit. All other care, unrelated to the terminal illness, will still be covered as part of the VA Medical Benefits Package. Veterans who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid can access hospice care through their VA Hospice Benefit.
For those patients who have served in any branch of the US Armed Forces, a certificate of appreciation for their military service will be presented by an Iowa City Hospice staff member or volunteer.
Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers
Pet Peace of Mind provides whatever services are necessary to keep patient and pet together throughout the end-of-life journey. Just as in our care for people, we empower patients to make their own healthcare decisions for their pets and then help them to carry out those decisions.
If you need some extra help caring for the animal members of your household, Iowa City Hospice and our Pet Peace of Mind program can help.
“Like an antique watch or pair of eyeglasses passed down through the generations, a recorded account of a life story becomes a treasured family heirloom, stopping time for a moment of reflection and celebration every time it is read.”
Iowa City Hospice’s Legacy Project captures our patient’s “endangered” stories, images and wisdom in a variety of forms.
Oral interviews can be recorded and transcribed, or notes expanded into a captivating narrative. Professional photographic portraits create an “occasion” to capture the patient and their relationships. Memory books can include memorabilia, photos, important family documents to be bound in a book or scanned onto a CD. The possibilities are only limited by the imagination.
11th Hour Volunteers
When it is anticipated that a patient is within 24-48 hours of death, Iowa City Hospice staff or families may request volunteer support 24 hours a day to ensure that the patient does not die alone or to provide support to the family. 11th Hour volunteers are those willing to spend time with a patient who is actively dying. Volunteers may hold the patient’s hand, read aloud to the patient, alert staff if the patient appears to be in pain, or be a listening ear for the family.
Advance Care Planning
The mission of Honoring Your Wishes is to promote and sustain a community-wide advance care planning process where individuals’ health care preferences are discussed, documented, and honored by families, friends, and the health care community.
Iowa City Hospice recognized a need for an improved advance care planning process in the community, and provided initial funding and support to explore this possibility. In September of 2010, Iowa City Hospice invited community leaders to come together and learn about Respecting Choices, an evidence-based advance care planning system in La Crosse, WI. At that gathering, twenty-two community leaders volunteered to serve as a steering committee. The group first met in December 2010, and the initiative was launched in Johnson County.
What Is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning is a process for people to make informed decisions about healthcare preferences based upon their values and beliefs. It encourages reflection and discussion with people’s healthcare providers and their circle of support to determine healthcare goals and interventions. As people age and their life circumstances and health conditions change, it is important to regularly review and communicate healthcare preferences to ensure that healthcare wishes are honored.
We encourage all adults with decision making capacity to meet with a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator.
Living With Serious Illness
Are you caring for someone with a serious illness? The Living With Serious Illness website was created as a family caregiver resource, to help the seriously ill and their families learn how to live as comfortably as they can within the context of their disease.
Whether you need tips on handling the medical and physical aspects of care (pain management, nutrition and eating), are concerned about emotional or spiritual issues (grief, hope, family conflict), or simply want to know about important legal and financial decisions, seriousillness.org/iowacity is the place to turn. We even have a listing of local, state, and national programs that offer services and support.
Caring for an ailing family member can be one of the saddest and most difficult experiences in a family’s history together. Yet, it can also be one of a family’s most fulfilling, meaningful, and intimate experiences. A lot of love, and even laughter, can be shared as the patient and family learn to live fully now while preparing for tomorrow. It’s a balancing act, to be sure. But with education and support, you can enhance the quality of all the time you have left together, whether it’s years, months, weeks, or days.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-897-3052, toll-free or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.