Delaware Hospice has been awarded $25,000 by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a recipient of its “Reaching Out” grants. Funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the grants program is designed to increase access to hospice and palliative care services for rural and homeless veterans.


Delaware Hospice has been awarded $25,000 by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a recipient of its “Reaching Out” grants. Funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the grants program is designed to increase access to hospice and palliative care services for rural and homeless veterans.

Grants have been awarded to 18 hospice providers in the U.S. that represent a range of community-based organizations. These providers are working collaboratively with their own community partnerships on innovative programs that aim to provide care and services to veterans at the end of life.  The grants will contribute funding to each grantee provider to not only support the success of individual programs, but to ultimately assist the VA in discovering new ways to reach homeless veterans and veterans living in rural areas.

Dean Reid, NHA, MPA, administrator of the Delaware Veterans Homes, said, “This project represents an outstanding way to educate caregivers who serve veterans in rural communities and homeless veterans on hospice options that are unique to their needs.”

Rebecca Nelson, Delaware Hospice project manager, said, “We are honored to have been selected as one of the few recipients nationwide for this significant outreach effort to veterans in our community. The Hospice Initiative for Homeless and Rural Veterans will be a statewide program to improve end-of-life care for rural and homeless veterans. The project will focus its efforts on identifying veteran needs, assessing client awareness of available resources, educating veterans on available community resources, assisting community organizations in identifying veterans in need of hospice and palliative care, and serving as a resource for veteran agencies with clients in need of hospice and care support.”

Reid added, “The Delaware Veterans Home is one of several options available to Delaware veterans in need of hospice services in the long-term care setting.”