Family Home saluted for effort in 'honor veterans' program
MOUNT CARMEL - Family Home Medical Hospice has recently been notified that it has achieved Partner Level Four in the "We Honor Veterans" program. Approximately only 100 hospices nationwide, with five located in Pennsylvania, have attained Level Four, the highest possible level of recognition of this program.
The "We Honor Veterans" program is a national program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is designed to educate community hospices, state hospice organizations and VA facilities on the unique needs of the nation's veterans at the end-of-life and the special needs of their families.
Because veterans face different challenges at their end-of-life, "we are constantly striving to learn how to better serve veterans. Through education and by understanding these unique needs, we will be better equipped to provide quality of care for veterans and their families," said Warren Altomare, owner of Family Home Medical.
Family Home Medical Hospice is trying to raise awareness through community outreach and education. A veteran-to-veteran volunteer program has been established for its patients and it has partnered with a local VA Medical Center and other hospices and veteran organizations for membership in Pennsylvania's first Veteran Community and Hospice Partnership.
"Reaching Level Four in this program could not have been accomplished without the assistance from our community, local American Legions, the VFW and our hospice veteran volunteer, Kathleen Stacy Stancavage," said Altomare. "We are very appreciative of their support and assistance."
He also gave special thanks to Jaime Wolfgang, who coordinates and develops Family Medical's veterans program.
For more information on the program, call Family Home Medical at 570-339-4049.