Hospice of Kankakee Valley is a member of the We Honor Veterans program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. This program strives to engage and support community hospice providers in better understanding and addressing Veterans’ unique needs.
Pinning & Recognition Ceremonies
We work with our facility partners or other community organizations to provide a pinning ceremony for all of the Veterans that currently reside there. We will provide the pins and recognition certificates for each Veteran along with a program that includes an invocation, brief speech, pinning ceremony, special music and closing blessing. We invite you to offer any input you have to make the program your own.
Our Veteran Liaison will coordinate educational presentations for facility staff and caregivers that highlight veteran specific care. Some of the topics include:
- Building a Veteran Centric Culture
- Veteran Specific Issues at the End of Life
- Service Related Clinical Issues
- Accessing Veteran Benefits
We work closely with local community organizations to host veteran specific community events and participate in area service projects.
Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program
Our volunteer program offers the opportunity for veterans to help volunteer with our veteran patients. They can provide a presence for our patients that may include talking and reminsicing, telling stories, celebrating birthdays, assisting with pinning ceremonies, providing support for the family, just being a friend or more. Trainings are held quarterly.
HKV’s dedicated bereavment department offers resources for grief for both the veteran and their families. Support groups and one-on-one counseling sessions provide many excellent resources for those grieving the loss of a loved one and the unique losses that veterans face.
For more information on Veteran Services offered through HKV, please call 815.939.4141.
We have completed Level 3 of the NHPCO and Veteran Administration Partnership