Volunteers—The Heart of Hospice
Hospice volunteers are highly respected and valued members of the Casa de la Luz Hospice team who generously give of themselves and their time. They each bring unique gifts to those they serve. Casa volunteers who provide direct patient care have experiences that are full of joy, meaning, hope, and sharing. Others experience the satisfaction of assisting with office, educational, or other practical, non-medical services. Volunteers are selected, supervised, and well supported by the volunteer coordinator. Every volunteer must complete a 30-hour mandatory training, which is normally scheduled to take place twice a year (fall and spring) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5pm. If you have any questions, please call our office at (520) 544-9890.
Volunteers who wish to provide direct service to hospice patients may:
- Provide companionship and emotional support.
- Allow a caregiver to enjoy some respite or to attend to matters outside of the home.
- Assist with a vigil team that ensures a patient is not alone.
- Provide a complementary therapy with appropriate expertise.
- Help with patient correspondence.
- Run errands.
- Share in game or card playing.
- Provide bereavement care.
Patient Care Volunteers
Visit with patients at their home or in an extended care facility to provide companionship for the patient, to enhance a patient’s quality of life, provide respite for a caregiver, and offer general support as needed.
Inpatient Unit Care Volunteers
Visit the unit on a scheduled basis and sit with patients as needed. Volunteers also participate in a variety of activities to support the families and the Inpatient Unit staff.
Kanmar Place Volunteers
Assist in enhancing residents’ quality of life by providing companionship to patients and supporting staff members.
Assist the hospice’s bereavement program in a variety of ways, including mailings, follow-up phone calls and/or family visits. Bereavement volunteers must undergo an additional four-hour training.
Help educate the public about Casa de la Luz Hospice by manning a booth at health fairs or other community events and providing support at hospice-sponsored events.
Provide companionship support to dying patients and their families when a patient is likely to die within 24 hours. A volunteer’s calm and peaceful presence, along with his/her familiarity with the dying process, provide a special empathy and compassion during this time of transition. Vigil volunteers must undergo an additional four-hour training.
Fulfill general office tasks, which can include compiling admission packets, organizing files, and providing the hospice staff with a variety of clerical support services.
Add an intergenerational component, with guardian approval, to patient and family care in the Inpatient Unit, the office, or other facilities. Teens visit with patients, assist staff, and help visitors and patients’ families.
Call home patients weekly to check on the patient’s supplies, medicines, and any other needs for the weekend.
We Honor Veterans Volunteers
Support veteran patients at the end of life with companionship, participating in honor ceremonies, replacing lost medals, and crafting special items. These volunteers undergo an additional four-hour training to gain a deeper knowledge of military culture and veteran patient needs.
“Casa de la Luz Hospice has become an integral and very special part of my life. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that provides loving care, dignity and respect during this most difficult and final journey of life. If I can provide one moment more pleasant, or if I can help bring a moment of peace to dying, then I have truly been blessed.”