The Valor Program
Big Bend Hospice (BBH) has made the highest commitment to Veteran-centric care as a partner of the national We Honor Veterans program. We are dedicated to recognizing and honoring Veterans, encouraging valuable discussions between Veterans and their loved ones, assisting in end-of-life decisions, and connecting Veterans to local, state and national resources.
In 2017-2018, we strengthened our program by hiring a full-time Veteran Liaison who oversees all the Valor Ceremonies and Vet-to-Vet Visits to those Hospice patients who served in the Armed Forces. Valor Volunteers conducted 40 Valor Ceremonies preserving each Veteran’s legacy. With a generous grant from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, we produced a 24-page, Big Bend area specific, Veterans Resource Guide. This guide is given to Veterans and their families during visits made by the Veteran Liaison, Valor Volunteers, or Social Workers.
Thanks to you, our nation’s heroes are receiving the recognition and compassionate care they deserve.
The Transitions Program
In 2017, BBH created Transitions, a support program for individuals who have a life-limiting illness but are not ready or eligible for Hospice care. There is no fee for services.
Case Managers provide resource linking and assistance in coping and decision-making. Trained volunteers provide companionship, respite care, assistance with running errands, and transportation. Clients are served in any place they call home, including assisted living facilities.
Transition also offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This program provides caregiver education and coping skills. Sessions were held this past year in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla counties.
Since September 2017, 170 clients have been served through Transitions; 1,140 wellness calls have been made, and 560 volunteer hours have been provided.
Thanks to you, Transitions clients and their loved ones know that someone will be checking in on them and helping them with the challenges that lie ahead.