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."
Hospices seek to keep dying patients comfortable and free from pain as much as possible. Passages Hospice offers spiritual and emotional support to not only the patient, but to patients' families as well. The overall purpose is to maintain patients' quality of life.
We are looking for Loyola students who will either go to a person's house or visit them in our inpatient facility (see address below). A service learner will be assigned to specific patient(s) and spend one-on-one time with their patient(s). This provides the primary caregiver a brief period of relief for their own self-care (for example, to run errands). Activities with patients might include painting nails, reading the newspaper or book aloud, playing cards, working on a puzzle, listening/talking, washing dishes and taking patients outside.
By volunteering at Passages Hospice, Loyola students can 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. Most of all, our volunteers learn not to be afraid of death, but to embrace life, humility and love.
617 Dublin Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
Students accepting a placement at Passages will need to:
- Present evidence of a negative TB test, dated within the past 6 months (available from Loyola Student Health Services for $5)
- Pass a background check
- Attend on-site training (8 hours total, as required by Medicare guidelines)
|Bike or Cycloserve||Recommended||6 min.|
|Public Transit||Recommended||10 min.*|
(street parking available)
|* Take St. Charles Streetcar to S. Carrollton & St. Charles, walk 1.5 blocks.|
Days & times
Students will be responsible for making a schedule with the patient and the patient's primary caregiver.