Provide compassionate support to Veterans, as well as their families and loved ones; supporting end-of-life planning/care preferences through assistance with Advanced Directives for Healthcare, as well as discussions about patient values and preferences related to life-sustaining treatments. Referral to - and coordination of - Hospice & Palliative care services including facilitation with Non-VA Care Coordination. Provide referrals and linkage to community agencies with specialized benefits. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Assessing the patient's understanding of his/her diagnosis and proposed treatments. Helping the Veteran cope with end-of-life or complex chronic illness diagnoses and the many emotions that arise. Education/instruction regarding self-relaxation and other coping strategies. Assessing treatment options when considering work, family and the Veteran's other obligations. Interagency collaboration when the Veteran's care involves multiple entities. Providing education related to the patient's VA, Social Security and disability benefits. Providing referrals and linkage to community agencies with specialized benefits. Counseling individuals, couples and families regarding referrals to specialized mental health providers. Linkage to appropriate support groups and educational programs. Facilitating communication between the treatment team, Veteran and family, including advocacy. Facilitating family discussions regarding illness, healthcare and life changes. Supporting end-of-life planning/care preferences through assistance with Advanced Directives for Healthcare as well as discussions about patient values and preferences related to Life Sustaining Treatments. Discharge planning; inpatient and outpatient placements into residential care facilities, subacute skilled nursing facilities and adult day healthcare programs. Addressing the impact of end-of-life and/or chronic illness on life issues (intimacy, body image, living with chronic illness with the uncertainty of life expectancy, etc.). Referral to and coordination of hospice care services including facilitation with Non-VA Care Coordination. Advocating for home health or hospice care when requested by the Veteran. Coordinating bereavement support services with VA Maine chaplain services and/or community hospice agencies. Providing training and education to Fellows and other trainees on variety of topics related to psychosocial issues in palliative medicine and end of life care. Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.