Volunteers—The Heart of Hospice
Hospice volunteers are highly respected and valued members of the Casa de la Luz team who generously give of themselves and their time. They each bring unique gifts to those they serve, whether they be patients, their family members or staff.
Hospice volunteer service provides experiences that are full of joy, meaning, hope, and sharing.
After completing an application, volunteers are selected and then supervised and well supported by the volunteer manager. Every volunteer must complete a 30-hour mandatory training, which is normally scheduled to take place twice a year (fall and spring).
Call 520.544.9890 to learn more.
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.
- Sit vigil to ensure 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 companionship for our bereaved.
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 Casa’s bereavement program in a variety of ways, including mailings, follow-up phone calls and/or family visits. Bereavement volunteers must undergo an additional six-hour training.
Help educate the public about Casa de la Luz by manning a booth at health fairs or other community events and providing support at Casa-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 six-hour training.
Fulfill general office tasks, which can include compiling admission packets, organizing files, covering the reception desk and providing 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.
In the spirit of providing superior care, call home patients weekly.
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.
"I consider it a privilege to be a part of Casa de la Luz because I see, and feel, the dedication and commitment by all to provide compassionate care. Whether I spend time volunteering within the agency or visiting patients, I always feel valued and supported by Casa de la Luz staff and clinicians alike."