ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During National Volunteer Week April 7-13, Compassus is recognizing Linda Jones for providing companionship and support to hospice patients and their loved ones in Albuquerque. Jones has been making a difference as a Compassus volunteer in its pet therapy program since 2009.
“Linda is more than a volunteer. She is an indispensable part of our care team who offers peace and comfort to those facing life-limiting illness,” said Elizabeth Ross, executive director for Compassus – Albuquerque. “Linda demonstrates our mission of ensuring patients and families spend their remaining time together creating meaningful moments and lasting memories. We are truly grateful to have her on our team.”
There are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and more than 1.6 million people received hospice care in 2018. Volunteers have an important role in the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.
“Linda is a terrific part of our pet therapy program and has volunteered with several pets over the years, including her sweet chihuahua Cowboy who brings smiles and snuggles to everyone he meets,” said Maria Patsy Garcia, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Albuquerque. “Volunteers like Linda make a significant impact on the lives of our patients and their families. I want to thank her and all our volunteers for their commitment to those we serve.”
For information about Compassus or volunteering in the Albuquerque area, please visit our Albuquerque page or call (505) 332-0847.