Comforts of Home
On February 16, a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of this brand new collaborative hospice unit located on the 3rd floor of the Community Living Center.
Miami VA Healthcare System has offered hospice and palliative care for veterans with life-limiting illnesses for more than a decade. Recognizing the needs to improve End of Life Care (EOL) at MVAHS, the facility leadership placed the establishment of the hospice and palliative care unit as a number one priority in 2008.
With unwavering commitment and strong leadership, our Veterans are now able to receive high quality EOL care and palliative care services in this newly established hospice and palliative care unit. The Miami VA hospice and palliative care program provides a continuum of comfort-oriented and supportive services in all venues with primary emphasis of healing the suffering of the Veterans and families at their end-of-life. Both the patient and family members are included in the care plan and emotional, spiritual and practical support is given, based on the patient’s wishes and the family’s needs.
The 10 rooms wing has been refurbished with new flooring, fresh paint, and home-like décor. The large rooms are private with TVs and furnishings resembling home. Each room is equipped with a pull-out couch so families can stay with their loved one if they desire. There is a family room with a children’s play area where friends and family can relax and spend time together.
The Hospice unit staff provides a caring environment where Veterans can go to receive help with their symptoms. It is a place where loved ones may spend hours or days in the patient’s room, providing the warmth and comfort that family and friends can offer.
“The décor is home-like, we have 24/7 visiting hours and room for family members to stay the night. Even family pets can visit. At the same time, we’re always providing Veterans with the highest level of care” said Dr. Enrique Aguilar, Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics & Extended Care.