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March 17, 2014
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Care of Veterans workshop offered

It may surprise many people to learn that one in four dying Americans is a Veteran.

That percentage is even higher in Nevada County. Many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korea are now passing away—and the number of deaths among Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

To help provide care and support that both recognizes the unique end-of-life care needs of Veterans and their families and the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice of the Foothills has become a partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans partner, Hospice of the Foothills will present a special three-day workshop series, “End-of-Life Care for Veterans,” tailored for those who serve the medical needs of Veterans in our community.

The workshop curriculum will focus on the special needs of Veterans at the end of life.

Topics will include pain management, grief, cultural, mental health issues and spiritual considerations.

The first day will cover the principles of palliative care, managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

Day two will provide a review of how culture, spirituality, and communication influences the needs of Veterans and their families.

The final day will cover the delivery of care in the final hours. There will also be a screening of the video, “Wounded Warriors.”

The video presentation focuses on how military service influences Veterans’ life and end-of-life experiences.

It also offers perspectives for understanding how these experiences can impact and often complicate grief and bereavement.

By recognizing our Veteran’s unique needs, attendees will learn how to walk alongside and guide America’s Veterans and their families at the end of life’s journey.

Workshop dates and times are:

• Noon to 5:30 p.m. March 27

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11

Attend one or all three days.

CEUs are available. For more information about the curriculum for this no-cost workshop or to register, call 530-272-5739.

For more information about Hospice programs and services, visit "> or call 530-272-5739.

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