Samaritan cared for 799 Veterans in the year 2021.
A grant provided to Samaritan helps Veterans live better lives and through your generous donations, you make this possible! Samaritan is committed to honoring the South Jersey community’s Veterans and their families by providing hospice care that recognizes their distinctive needs. These needs may be influenced by: Combat or non-combat experience, POW experiences, service-connected injuries or illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), feelings about service and service mission, and more.
Samaritan’s Veterans Hospice page offers some detail on our programs and services for Veterans, including:
- Assessment that explores the Veteran’s military history and story
- Referrals for community services as needed (e.g. Meals on Wheels, medical transportation, etc.)
- Bereavement support for hospice patients/families including individual and family counseling, support groups, and memorial services
- Focused staff and volunteer presence to hear Veterans’ thoughts, fears, and concerns
- Help accessing VA benefits and healthcare services such as Hospice and palliative care Funeral/burial benefits and Spousal/survivor benefits
- Coordinating hospice and palliative care with existing veteran services provided by the VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs)
- Coordinating coverage of hospice care by VA, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurers
- Honoring military service through cards, certificates, pinnings, and presentations of patriotic blankets –made possible through the generosity of community support
- Helping Veterans make application to retrieve lost medals
- Observance of holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day with Veteran patients and family members
- Sharing patriotic gifts and remembrances created by volunteers
- Recruitment of Veterans to volunteer as Veteran patient visitors
- Educating staff and volunteers to provide the most evidence-based, sensitive care and support of Veterans and their families