Chicago Hope does recognize the unique needs of veterans and families who are experiencing advanced illnesses. Our interdisciplinary teams of trained hospice professionals understand and respond appropriately to these needs.

Many veterans have served in dangerous duty assignments. Some veterans may have served in combat. Dangerous duty assignment, combat or not, often leaves the residuals of trauma and symptoms of PTSD with the veteran. As veterans age, these traumatic memories may surface and cause significant distress for the veteran and family. Education and understanding is important in providing a medically appropriate, emotionally safe, and supportive environment when this happens.

Since hospice care is part of the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package, all enrolled veterans are eligible if they meet the clinical need for service. There are No Co-Pays for hospice care when provided by the VA or an organization with a VA contract.

Veteran Services include:

  • A streamlined referral and admissions process.
  • Collaboration and coordination with your physician, VA medical centers and case managers. 
  • Medication, equipment and personal care supplies. 
  • Coverage of hospice care for veterans by the VA and Optum. 
  • RN’s and Hospice Aides. 
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual support. 
  • Referral and assistance in application for community and VA resources and benefits (please see the Veterans Resource page for additional info.). 
  • Vet-to-Vet Volunteers. 
  • Recognition and celebration of veterans’ military service and special events with veteran pinning ceremonies, Veterans Day and Vietnam Welcome Home celebrations, and other military anniversary observances. 
  • Specialized veteran support groups. 
  • Comprehensive Bereavement Services including grief support groups, celebration of life and butterfly release events, individual/family counseling and/or referral as needed for 13 months after a death.