Hospices Expanding Services for the Veteran Population

Posted November 16, 2022

Veterans, like all Americans, are aging and hospices are developing programs to cater to their unique needs.

Veterans of the Vietnam conflict range in age from 62- to 104-years old, and they now represent the largest contingent of former military who are approaching the end of life, Chemed Corp (NYSE: CHE) subsidiary VITAS Healthcare reported. Overall, roughly 2.7 million veterans served in Vietnam, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

These patients have unique mental, physical, and socioeconomic needs when they come to hospice, according to Dr. Faith Protsman, VITAS regional medical director in California.

“So often veterans and their special needs are overlooked. Particularly at the end of life, they need specialized care. We see it at the end of life when their defenses are not as strong,” Protsman said in a video that VITAS shared with Hospice News.

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