Hospice for Veterans
As the nation remembers its Veterans during the week of November 9, retired Veterans will receive special honors when RoseRock Healthcare hosts recognition ceremonies at 12 residences serving senior citizens. The ceremonies will include a salute to Veterans, prayers of reflection and the presentation of commemorative certificates by RoseRock’s team of hospice caregivers.
According to Tiffany Gordon, RN, CHPN, RoseRock’s Vice President of Clinical Services, exposure to military trauma can affect a Veteran’s quality of life for years to come.
“As our Veterans age, it is critical to find ways to help them derive meaning from what they have given and relief from the toll military service can take on the rest of their lives,” she said. “RoseRock Healthcare is one of Oklahoma’s foremost hospice providers. We feel a duty to take leadership role in the effort to support our Veterans.”
RoseRock Hospice Honors Veterans
Founded in 2004, RoseRock Healthcare provides hospice services to terminally ill patients who reside in northeastern Oklahoma. Through individualized plans of care, RoseRock strives to address each patient’s unique goals and needs.
Last year, RoseRock joined the We Honor Veterans program, a national effort to improve healthcare services to Veterans at the end-of-life. RoseRock has now earned the program’s “4-Star” rank, the highest certification offered to healthcare providers, and has joined other national experts in serving the growing needs of terminally ill Veterans. Studies indicate that about 40% of US Veterans are over the age of 65 years old. Each day, nearly 2,000 Veterans die.
“Our World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now,” said Sharyn Cosby, M.Div., RoseRock Director of Support Services and Coordinator of the We Honor Veterans Program. “Recently, younger Vietnam War Veterans have joined them in this challenge. We are finding that the training we have undertaken greatly enhances our ability to support Veterans and to help them access other community services that they are eligible to receive but may not know about.”
A “military brat” whose father served in the United States Army, Rev. Cosby completed her Clinical Pastoral training at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. Her military background has been invaluable in developing RoseRock’s significant program focused on the needs of Veterans. Under her guidance, every member of the RoseRock hospice team has been trained to identify and understand the unique needs of Veterans at the end-of-life. The RoseRock team routinely finds ways to acknowledge the contributions of our Veterans and to tangibly honor Veterans at the end-of-life.
Community Service to Veterans
As part of this important work, RoseRock has joined other community leaders in advocating for the needs of Veterans and now serves on the Mayor of Tulsa Veteran Advisory Council, a broad-based effort to bring members of the military and veteran service organizations together to address the needs of member of the Armed Services in our community.
“Each day, we try to identify additional ways to thank our Veterans for the service they have provided and their efforts to keep our nation safe,” said Cosby. “We sincerely hope that our November ceremonies will provide additional meaning to those who are honored.”
Click here for a list of the 12 residences scheduled for RoseRock ceremonies.
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