Minneapolis VA Health Care System

 

Hospice and Palliative Care

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Palliative Care and Hospice Services at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Mission:  to provide excellent, compassionate care to veterans with advanced disease, support their families, help relieve suffering and promote dignity throughout the course of their illness.

Both the hospice and palliative care programs offer: 

  • A team approach, with doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists working with you to plan your care.
  • Care that honors your values and wishes.
  • Care that pays attention to the needs of your mind, body, and spirit.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is for people who have an advanced, life-limiting illness.  It is usually provided in the home setting.  It may also be available in nursing homes.  The focus of care is to improve quality of life not to prolong life.

man in hospital bed pets a dogTo be eligible for hospice care the veteran must:

  • Be enrolled in the VA
  • Have a life expectancy of less than six months, if the illness follows its natural course

It can be hard to know if or when it is time for hospice care.  It is not always easy to know one's life expectancy. 

Hospice is always a choice.  If you are thinking about hospice care for yourself or a loved one, talk to your health care providers about your options and choices.

Palliative Care

Palliative care like hospice care helps patients and families live as well as they can. It is different from hospice in that life expectancy is not a factor for palliative care.  It can be provided right along with other medical care to cure or prolong life.

The MVAHCS offers palliative care services to help:

  • Manage difficult symptoms
  • Plan for future health care needs
  • Deal with the stress illness can cause

Palliative care is available to both inpatients and outpatients. Talk to your health care provider if you would like to see the Palliative Care Team.

For more information about hospice or palliative care, call the Hospice Coordinator at 612-467-3254 or 866-414-5058, extension 1100, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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Resource Links:

MN and WI County Veteran Service Officers may be helpful in applying for burial allowances and related benefits:
  Minnesota: www.macvso.org
  Wisconsin: www.wicvso.org

For information about burial allowances and related Veteran and Survivor Benefits:
  VA: National Cemetery Administration

Grief and bereavement resources:
  Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support 

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    1D - Community Living Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 612-467-3254

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8a.m.-4p.m.