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We Honor Veterans

Hospice of Helping Hands is a proud partner with the We Honor Veterans program, and holds a level four recognition. This recognition ensures that our hospice employees are specially trained to care for and accommodate veteran patients through a partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

"In fact, we were the very first hospice in the state of Michigan to achieve level four status, the highest level."


We understand that veterans often suffer from unique complications related to traumatic life experiences or isolation. The We Honor Veterans program focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement in their quest to care for the unique needs of veterans. Oftentimes, a veteran will require special care depending on where he or she served and what types of service they performed during duty. The hospice staff at Hospice of Helping Hands is specially trained to recognize these differences and respond accordingly.

At Hospice of Helping Hands, we also utilize the Veteran-to-Veteran program which pairs Veteran Volunteers with Veteran hospice patients. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with each patient, thereby creating an environment where life review and healing may occur.

What is the importance of Veteran Volunteers?

  • Volunteers are essential to the delivery of quality hospice care
  • Veterans are a part of a distinct culture with their own common language and experience
  • When Veterans interact, their common language and experience can form a strong relational bond
  • The camaraderie created between Veterans has proven to be supportive for all involved

What activities can Veteran Volunteers do?

  • Assist Veterans in reminiscing/telling life stories
  • Take part in pinning ceremonies or distribute certificates for Veterans Day and other recognition events

Honoring those who served.

Hospice of Helping Hands has extended their commitment to veterans beyond the WHV program.  This past November was the sixth year we hosted 19 WHV Celebration Services designed to recognize and honor our service area veterans.  The celebrations included music, a pinning ceremony, and involvement with local VFW’s and American Legions.  The "We Honor Veterans" program has become a cornerstone of our hospice agency.  We continue these celebrations because we want the Veterans in our communities to know how much we appreciate their service to our country.

In November 2016, Hospice of Helping Hands held 19 "We Honor Veterans" Celebration Services at local senior centers and extended care facilities.  

Over the course of two weeks, the Celebration Services pinned over 449 veterans across the Hospice of Helping Hands service area.

To get involved with our "We Honor Veterans" Celebration Services, call us at 800-992-6592.


Read the original 2013 "We Honor Veterans" Partnership Press Release.

Read the original 2013 Level 4 Partnership Press Release.

For more information, call us at 800-992-6592 or 989-345-4700.





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