Caring for Military Veterans
Casa de la Luz is proud to be a Level 4 partner in the national We Honor Veterans program. The program is committed to ensuring the best end-of-life care possible for military veterans and their loved ones, and is a collaboration between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In our commitment to providing superior care to patients and their loved ones and to supporting the We Honor Veterans program, Casa has:
- Increased employee and volunteer education about patients who are military veterans.
- Joined the Tucson Hospice-Veterans Partnership group, an organization comprised of the Southern Arizona VA and other community hospices.
- Strengthened our relationship with the Southern Arizona VA.
- Developed relationships with community veteran organizations.
- Established a We Honor Veterans volunteer training program, providing additional education for volunteers interested in companioning and supporting our veteran patients.
- Casa de la Luz also honors every veteran on our service with a special appreciation ceremony. The patient’s team members present a framed certificate and a token of our appreciation to the veteran, offering individuals one last thank you during the final stage of life.
Agitation Consult Team
The mission of the Casa de la Luz Agitation Consult Team (AC Team) is to educate the community, caregivers, and health care staff about caring for patients with agitation using patient-centered, evidence-based, holistic, and integrative therapies to provide comfort for patients at end-of-life.
As part of Casa de la Luz’s mission to provide superior care, the AC Team was launched in 2017 in response to a need for safe and effective nonpharmacological solutions for managing behavioral changes in our hospice patients – especially in those with agitation.
The AC Team, which is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of Casa de la Luz hospice and palliative experts, first works to identify the underlying causes for agitation by conducting a thorough review of the patients’ personal history and preferences. A plan of care that reflects the patients’ individual needs is then developed and recommendations are made regarding possible interventions. Examples of AC Team interventions include traditional modalities such as animal assisted therapy and music therapy; non-traditional interventions include weighted blankets, SADD light therapy and shower ponchos (just to name a few).
Beginning in 2019, the Casa de la Luz AC Team began measuring the effectiveness of these techniques. Not only has the response been extremely positive, the data shows a marked improvement in behavior and overall well-being, for both the patient and their caregivers.
Seeking to support not only Casa de la Luz hospice and palliative care patients, but all individuals experiencing agitation issues at end of life, the AC Team is in the process of publishing our findings. We also proudly offer education and support to the community.