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Passages Hospice

ABOUT THE AGENCY
The mission of Passages Hospice is to provide "physical, psychological, social and spiritual services defined as hospice & palliative care to those suffering with a terminal diagnosis and to their family members, caregivers and supporters."

WHAT YOU DO
Students will be assigned to visit with our patients either at our inpatient facility, in the patient's home, or at a nursing facility. The student will provide companionship for the patient, relief for the caregiver or help our staff with special activities. Visits with the patients might include reading the newspaper, playing cards, or taking the patient outside.

WHAT YOU LEARN
Students will learn compassion for those outside of their families.  They will get a glimpse of the hope that the hospice care model provides for many patients.  Working with our patients will teach volunteers many life lessons. Volunteers learn not to be afraid of death, but to embrace life, humility and love.

INTERACTIONS
senior citizens • other staff members • health care professionals

LOCATIONS
Inpatient Facility • 617 Dublin Street
Patients' Homes • New Orleans area
Nursing Facilities • New Orleans area

CONTACT
Stephanie Luhta • Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
passages.luhta@gmail.com 
• 504.875.4204
or
Danielle LaRoche 
• Social Worker
passages.laroche@gmail.com • 504.875.4204

DAYS & TIMES
Students will be responsible for making a schedule with the patient and the patient's primary caregiver.

TRANSPORTATION
Map & directions 
Walking • 21 min
Biking • 6 min
Public transit • 10 min
Driving • 3 min, street parking 

PRESERVICE REQUIREMENTS

Students serving at Passages Hospice must:

  1. Attend an on-site training/orientation.
  2. Present evidence of a negative TB test, dated within the past 6 months (available from Loyola Student Health Services for $5)
  3. Pass a background check.
  4. Complete online cell phone etiquette training.