Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care (PPHPC) has been providing extraordinary physical, emotional and spiritual support to those facing life-limiting illness since 1980 thanks to the generosity of the community. Throughout these 40 + years, we’ve been told by thousands of families that they simply couldn’t have done it without us.
It may be a surprise to learn that at least 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, PPHPC is a national partner of We Honor Veterans (WHV), a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care was the first hospice provider in El Paso County and the third in the state of Colorado to be awarded Level 4 Partner status with WHV. This recognition signifies exemplary commitment to providing the highest level of care to those who have served our country.
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans, PPHPC is able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And, in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, our care teams have specialized education and tools to help support those they are caring for.
For example, an RN Case Manager was assigned to take care of a 64-year-old male who had cancer. He was being cared for by his 40-year-old son who was also a medically retired marine veteran. As a veteran herself, the RN Case Manager spent time with the patient and his son learning about their military backgrounds to establish trust as she cared for the patient. “In some respects,” she says, “I was caring for the both of them.” Upon the father’s death, the RN worked with the funeral home to ensure that when he left the home he was draped with the American flag. “I felt this honor was truly appreciated by the son. And of course, it was a very moving sight for me as well.”
America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and all of our staff are committed to caring for the special needs of the veterans in our community. We believe it is never too late to fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity and compassion they deserve.