Tidewell Honors

According to recent census data, more than 109,000 military veterans reside in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. They served their country proudly in times of war and peace, at home and abroad.

Tidewell Hospice has had the honor of providing services for thousands of veterans since 1980, and now enhances that care with Tidewell Honors — a comprehensive program focused on respectfully celebrating veterans and providing care that recognizes the unique challenges that may exist in military families.

By specifically honoring veterans’ contribution to America’s freedom, Tidewell Honors says “thank you” for a job well done and a life well lived. The program gives veterans and their families the opportunity to choose from among a number of services tailored just for them.

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Tidewell Hospice has met strict requirements to reach Partner Level – Four Status with the ‘We Honor Veterans’ campaign, developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This accomplishment demonstrates our sound commitment to serving our nation’s heroes.  For We Honor Veterans Program information, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org  Contact Tidewell to learn more about our Tidewell Honors Veterans Program and how it can help you. If you would like more information about VA and the benefits you may be eligible for, we invite you to explore www.benefits.va.gov/benefits.

Specially Trained

In addition to their renowned expertise in caring for those with advanced illnesses, Tidewell’s care teams have undergone specific training that helps them identify and deal with issues that are unique to those who have provided military service.For some veterans, the psychological effects of combat can remain dormant for years, only to re-emerge when they are facing their own mortality. Others may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).Treatment in all of these cases requires special sensitivity and Tidewell’s clinical team of physicians, nurses and social workers are prepared to identify those needs and recommend specific courses of action.

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Recognition Ceremony

Tidewell Honors recognizes veterans, upon request, in the form of a unique pinning ceremony. The event can be as large or small, formal or informal as they like. Some veterans and their families may decide to hold a gathering of loved ones and friends to share in the ceremony, while others may prefer a more private experience. It is their choice.Veterans receive a special certificate of appreciation and a unique Tidewell Honors pin, which is presented by a fellow former serviceman or woman who has been specially trained as a Tidewell Veteran Volunteer. The ceremony is a moving recognition of veterans service and sacrifice.

Leaving a Legacy

Patients who are living with advanced or chronic illness often find it important to leave behind a legacy that can be shared with future generations, and this is an integral part of Tidewell Honors.Tidewell staff and volunteers encourage veterans to create a legacy by telling their stories. This project often helps veterans with the task of finding meaning in their lives, creating memories of joyful experiences and often aids in resolution of long-standing conflicts, both internal and external.Although military experience is just one piece of their story, for many it is a very important piece.

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Family Support

Tidewell Honors provides care for veterans as well as their families. Specific support groups have been designed by Tidewell grief specialists that allow loved ones and caregivers to share their experiences in a safe environment, and to connect with others who are dealing with similar circumstances.