Knute Nelson Hospice Provides Specialty Veteran Care
Delivering Veteran-centric care as a level 4 We Honor Veterans partner
Oftentimes, Veterans have unique experiences that require special attention and care. It is important to us that our nation’s heroes get the care and recognition they deserve, while being treated with dignity and respect. That’s why Knute Nelson Hospice is committed to providing specialty Veteran care.
We Honor Veterans Level 4 Provider
Knute Nelson Hospice is proud to be a Level 4 Partner with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The progression to this level demonstrates a high level of commitment to specialty Veteran care.
As a We Honor Veterans partner, Knute Nelson Hospice provides specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. This includes a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer program, training on conflict-specific medical and mental health concerns, and knowledge to assist Veterans in navigating VA benefits.
As a level 4 partner, Knute Nelson’s promise to Veterans is to:
Provide care with dignity and respect
Manage pain and symptoms to make every moment matter
Assist with planning and establish goals for care
Provide spiritual, emotional, and physical support to all Veterans and their families
Provide 24-hour on-call support
NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched We Honor Veterans in 2010 to address the growing need for Veteran-centered care, especially as Veterans from different eras are aging and need access to Veteran-centric hospice care. Learn more about the We Honor Veterans program.
In addition to being a We Honor Veteran provider, our staff and volunteers strive to provide additional care, support, and services to help Veterans feel recognized, including:
Veteran-specific training for hospice employees and volunteers
Addressing and comforting those who are experiencing PTSD, survivor guilt, or other combat-related symptoms
Incorporating patriotic music into therapeutic music sessions
Educating patients and family members on VA Benefits
Offering Veteran-to-Veteran volunteers
Recognition certificates, Veteran’s Day honors, and other Veteran specific recognition
Receiving Specialty Veteran Care
Veterans can receive hospice care wherever they call home, whether that be a private residential home, assisted living community, or other nursing facility. Hospice services can be covered by Medicaid and Medicare, Veterans benefit plans, and almost all private insurance policies. No patient is denied care based on inability to pay or coverage status. Learn more about Knute Nelson Hospice services.
Not sure whether hospice care is right for you or a loved one? Take our free assessment to learn more about care needs and whether hospice might be the right fit. To learn more about Knute Nelson Hospice contact us at (320) 335-8690 or fill out an inquiry form.
Last updated November 9th, 2023
Meet the Author
Lisa Dingwall is a dedicated healthcare professional with over two decades of experience, currently serving as the Director of Knute Nelson Hospice. Her educational journey began at Alexandria Technical and Community College, where she earned her Licensed Practical Nurse degree, followed by a Registered Nurse degree from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, and a Bachelor of Nursing from Rasmussen University. Her diverse career encompassed roles in long term care, clinical settings, home health care, oncology, and hospice, each enriching her expertise in patient care. Throughout her journey, Dingwall demonstrated exceptional leadership, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement. As the Director of Hospice, she remains unwavering in her commitment to providing compassionate end-of-life care, guiding patients and their families through life’s most profound transitions.