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Joliet Area Community Hospice

Veterans Program


Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) has been honored to provide services for thousands of veterans since 1982 and now enhances that care with Joliet Area Community Hospice We Honor Veteran’s Program. This comprehensive program focuses on respectfully celebrating veterans and providing care that recognizes the unique challenges that may exist in military families. This program provides care for those who served with the dignity and honor so richly deserved.

We Honor Veterans Program

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) reports that one of every four dying Americans is a veteran. JACH is committed to providing care for those who served with pride, honoring their lives and service to country, and offering the dignity so richly deserved. This is accomplished by offering caregiver support, Veteran to Veteran programs, pinning recognition ceremonies, bereavement support, and community education in addition to guidance on resources and benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

JACH is currently working to achieve the “We Honor Veteran’s, Hospice Professionals on a Mission to Serve” NHPCO program’s highest level of distinction. This pioneering program has five levels of achievement that provides opportunities to educate our staff and community about the unique needs of veterans at end of life. We recently achieved Level 4 distinction, with Level 5 our next goal. We now proudly display the “We Honor Veterans” logo on our website, promotional materials and advertising. We are building capacity and collaborations as we achieve the goals of: improved quality of care for Veterans and their families, increased access to hospice and palliative care, strengthened partnerships with Veteran organizations, and adoption of best practice standards of care for Veterans.

Specially trained staff and veteran volunteers are a cornerstone of the We Honor Veterans Program. For information about becoming a veteran volunteer contact the JACH Volunteer Department at volunteerdepartment@joliethospice.org or 815-740-4104.

Who pays for Veterans’ Hospice Care?

The VA covers the cost of hospice care for qualified veterans. Hospice care may also be paid by Medicare, Medicaid, and by private insurance. At JACH, no one is ever denied care based on their inability to pay or their ethnicity, age, gender, mental or physical status, or religion. For more information about hospice and VA resources, please click here or call JACH at 815-740-4104.

What services are offered?

Specialized Care for the Veteran Patient.

In addition to their proficiency in caring for those with advanced illnesses, JACH’s staff and volunteers have undergone specific training from the Department of Veteran Affairs and other local experts, that helps them identify and deal with issues that are unique to those who have provided military service.

Many veterans have experienced traumatic events that have remained dormant for years only to emerge upon facing their own mortality. Treatment in each of these cases requires special sensitivity and JACH’s clinical team of physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, certified nursing assistants and volunteers are prepared to identify these needs and recommend specific courses of action.