Hospice and Palliative Care - Tomah VA Medical Center
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Tomah VA Medical Center


Hospice and Palliative Care

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care focuses on caring, not curing.

  • It provides individualized compassionate care centered on physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • It is provided by an interdisciplinary team of experts designed to meet the needs of Veterans with a terminal illness.
  • It provides a format for open discussions about your life experiences, fears, joys, life goals, and treatment plan.
  • It provides a goal of peace and quality for each day.
  • It provides emotional, spiritual and bereavement support for families.
  • It is for life limiting conditions with life expectancy of less than six months if the illness takes its natural course.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is the medical specialty providing holistic, compassionate care.

  • To prevent, relieve and manage pain and symptoms.
  • To improve and ensure quality of life for Veterans and their families.
  • It is not necessarily driven by prognosis.
  • It can be utilized along with curative treatments.
  • It assists with prognostication and decision making.
  • It promotes family meetings and communication.
  • It allows Veterans to take control of the holistic quality of their lives and formulate goals of care.

What Types of Hospice and Palliative Care Services Do We Provide?

  • Inpatient care is available for eligible Veterans with a terminal illness who desire support and assistance in living their remaining days well and with support for their loved ones.
  • Respite care is available for eligible Veterans whose caregiver needs a break. A total of 30 days in each calendar year are available.
  • Home care is available in coordination with the community, for those Veterans preferring to receive hospice/palliative home care.
  • Inpatient community care is available in coordination with community on a case by case basis.
  • Outpatient care is available for eligible Veterans with a life limiting or terminal illness, who desire comfort care, pain and symptom management to live their remaining days well.
  • Inpatient and outpatient consultation and follow-up by the Hospice and Palliative Care team

Palliative Medicine Consultation Includes:

  • Assessment and management of physical symptoms.
  • Assisting Veterans in the identification of personal goals for end-of-life care.
  • Assessment and management of psychological and spiritual needs.
  • Assessment of the Veteran’s support system.
  • Assessment and communication of estimated prognosis.
  • Assessment of discharge planning issues.

National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2011 was the fourth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this nationwide initiative is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity in America have both the information and the opportunity to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions.

Numerous Veterans gathered together in VA Palo Alto to enthusiastically celebrate the National Health Care Decisions Day. Many took copies of advance care planning forms for themselves and their families.

Enjoy this two-minute video Rural Veterans: The Health Resource for Veterans Everywhere posted on our Facebook page.

Links to Other Resources

Contact Info


  • Tomah VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 608-372-1752
  • 608-371-1102

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm