Hospice of Northwest Ohio recently finished planting special red, white and blue themed gardens designed to pay tribute to veterans at both the Perrysburg and Toledo centers.
The gardens, which also feature engraved river rocks and stone benches, offer a place for families and visitors to reflect on the lives of their loved ones and, at the same time, honor their military service, Executive Director Judy Seibenick said.
As part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Vets initiative, hospice patients are asked about their military service upon admission and a special notation is made in their record.
|The gardens feature engraved river rocks and stone
benches where families and visitors can sit in reflect
on the lives of their loved ones.
“We have educated our staff about the importance military culture has on the lives of veterans, whether they have served during war time or peace time. Each era leaves a mark and shapes experiences forever,” Seibenick said.
“In addition to awareness of potential adaptations to care, we also recognize veterans for their service through a special pinning ceremony. ‘We Honor Vets’ allows us to tap into our volunteers who are veterans and work together to show appreciation to the men and women who have served our country,” she added.
The Perrysburg Center is located at 30000 East River Rd. The Toledo Center is located at 800 South Detroit Ave. Visit www.hospicenwo.org for more information.