Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death
Hospicare and the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute present the Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual Living with Grief Spring Program: Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death. To register for this program, click the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page.
- Assists end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans.
- Provides professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families.
- Looks organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems.
- Explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them.
Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam).
Hospicare will host this program and will facilitate a panel discussion with local experts involved in providing support to veterans.
There is no fee to attend this program; however there is a small cost if participants wish to receive continuing education (CE) credits and/or to purchase the companion book. Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death
is available for 3 credits of continuing education. CE credits are available to participants online for $35.
Local Panel Discussion:
The local panel discussion will be facilitated by Kirsten Miller, RN, CHPN, Associate Director of Patient Services at Hospicare and features our local panelists:
- Ruth Strodel, LMSW, Advanced Illness Care Coordinator at Syracuse VA Medical Center
- Marty Stallone, MD, Cayuga Medical Center
- Josh Swiller, LMSW, Provider Relations Specialist at Hospicare
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the unique components of military culture and
- Define Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and indicate
ways that PTSD might affect veterans at varied points
within the lifecycle;
- Differentiate the unique experiences and health risks of the
following veteran cohorts – WWII, Korea, and Vietnam War military
- Discuss different issues that might arise in end-of-life care of
veterans such as pain management, trauma and PTSD, and
- Discuss sensitivities and interventions, such as reminiscence
and life review that enhance counseling to veterans and their families.
- Describe the varied systems of care that might serve veterans at
the end of life and discuss the ways that policies and systems could
- Describe the lessons and insights professionals may glean from
caring for veterans that might have general implications for the broader
population of non-veterans and end-of-life care.