Joan's Corner - February Newsletter
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Making Decisions: Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process of clarifying your values and health care choices for use at a future time if you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
This article from the US Department of Veterans Affairs discusses advanced care planning as it relates to a veteran.
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As a Veteran, you may be able to get assisted living, residential (live-in), or home health care through VA. Find out how to access these long-term care services.
What kinds of long-term care services does VA offer for sick or disabled Veterans?
Our long-term care services include:
. 24/7 nursing and medical care
. Physical therapy
. Help with daily tasks of living (like bathing, dressing, making meals, and taking medicine)
. Comfort care and help with managing pain
. Support for caregivers who may need skilled help or a break so they can work, travel, or run errands.
You can get this care in many different settings—some run by VA and others run by state or community organizations that we inspect and approve.
Care settings may include:
. Nursing homes
. Assisted-living centers
. Private homes where a caregiver supports a small group of individuals
. Adult day health centers
. Veterans’ own homes
You can learn more about the different types of care on this page or review our guide to long-term services and supports.
How do I access these services?
You may be able to use one or more of these services if you meet all of these requirements:
All of these must be true:
. You’re signed up for VA health care, and
. We conclude that you need a specific service to help with your ongoing treatment and personal care, and
. The service (or space in the care setting) is available near you.
We may also consider other factors, like your service-connected disability status or insurance coverage.
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This Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report documents decreases in Veteran suicide deaths and suicide rates during the two most recent years for which mortality data is available, 2019 and 2020.
The report provides two decades of Veteran suicide information, from 2001 through 2020. The report also evaluates Veteran suicide during 2020, in the initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing patterns of Veteran suicide and Veteran COVID-19 mortality over time and across Veteran subgroups.
Identifying Your Health Priorities and the Care You Want to Receive.
The more you and your health care team know about What Matters most to you, the better you can work together to make treatment decisions – the range of care choices that could be offered –that meet needs while honoring Veteran priorities. Patient Priorities Care helps patients and health care providers focus all decision-making and health care on What Matters most: patients’ own health priorities.
This type of care can work well for people who must manage multiple conditions, multiple medications and spend a lot of time seeing lots of health care professionals. Often, all that care for all those conditions can make the care these Veterans receive feel burdensome, and it may not address What Matters most to them.
Patient Priorities Care recognizes that, when faced with tradeoffs, people differ in their own health outcome goals – what they want to achieve from their care, and in their care preferences – what they are willing and able to do to achieve their goals.
The Patient Priorities Care approach is meant to be a collaboration between Veterans, their caregivers and their VA clinicians. These resources can help you identify your priorities, talk with your VA providers and loved ones about them and make decisions together about getting the most benefit from your health care.
Bernie G. Crouse American Legion Post 133
Our Regular Post Meeting is the third Thursday of every Month at 1900 Hours
Since our charter in 2010, our American Legion Post has been welcoming Veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community.
Our American Legion Auxiliary is very active in the community and supports a Girl Scout Troop.
Blue Star Mothers -
In June of 1960, Congress chartered the Blue Star Mothers of America as a Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa AZ, AZ7 was chartered in 2013.
We have evolved to also provide support for active military and their families, promote patriotism, assist local veteran associations, volunteer with the VA Hospital in Tucson, AZ to help our country remain strong.
Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. all associates, members and potential members are welcome to attend.
Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa, AZ AZ7
Mailing address: PO Box 1397 Maricopa, AZ 85139
WELCOME TO TRACY P. MACPHERSON - VFW POST 12043
For Veterans & Community - Here to Serve
Greetings to Veterans:
Our local VFW Post #12043 in Maricopa is here to serve you. As American veterans and troops who have served abroad and fought hard to preserve our way of life, we honor you. From the Revolutionary War to today’s Global War against terrorism, most have put their lives in harms way. Many have paid the ultimate price to protect the freedoms we have. There are others, even in our own community who take these values for granted. Together we can change the miss conceptions.
Link to VFW Post 12043 website:
Check the Website for directions to the Veterans Center and information.
"Vet-IT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and resources for veterans. Our mission is to connect veterans with the many resources they are entitled to, such as healthcare, education, employment, and housing assistance. We understand that transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, and that's why we're committed to ensuring that veterans have access to the help they need."
Veterans or individuals wishing to donate to veteran needs should check their website.
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