Hospice and Palliative Care - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Hospice and Palliative Care

The Palliative and Hospice Care Program strives to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. 

Palliative Care

  • For relief of distressing symptoms that accompany chronic illness.
  • Available early in the course of an illness to relieve pain and other physical symptoms.
  • Assist Veterans in coping with how illness impacts daily living.

Hospice Care

  • Available for Veterans with a life-limiting illness and life expectancy of 6 months or less.
  • This type of care neither prolongs nor hastens the dying process.
  • Specialized form of care, designed to optimize the quality of life for Veterans and their families.
  • Provides comfort, relieves physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering, and promotes the dignity of terminally ill persons and their families.

Veterans may elect to use Medicare or VA benefits if eligible. Veterans who survive longer than 6 months may be recertified for hospice care.

Dallas VA Medical Center and Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham offer inpatient hospice units, as well as referral to community partners when Veterans desire to remain at home with their loved ones in familiar surroundings.

Veterans may be cared for at home, in a nursing home, or an inpatient hospice unit. Veteran and family choice, with their priority status taken into account, determine the setting of care for hospice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can the hospice care team assist me and my family?

Hospice is a person-centered model of care, with a team of professionals who are trained to support the patient and the family. The team is made up of several professionals, including a physician, nurse, social worker, psychologist, chaplain, nursing assistant, pharmacist, and dietician. Volunteers are another important part of the team.

Q: What does hospice care look like?

Care is planned with the individual Veteran and family to ensure goals are set with the Veteran's preferences in mind. In addition to relieving anxiety, hospice care helps both the Veteran and the family feel comfortable and supported.  

Q: What is grief?

Grief is a normal emotional response to a significant change or loss. Each person grieves in his or her own way. There is no "right" way to grieve and no specific timetable for completing the grieving process. The hospice team is available to the Veteran's family for 13 months following a death.

Contact Info

Location

  • Dallas VAMC, Bldg 60, Rm 121
    Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center - Bonham
    Bldg 29, Rm A-1003A

Contact Number(s)

  • 214-857-1710
  • 903-583-6355

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.