YUMA, Ariz. – The Compassus program serving Yuma and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Thelma Franklin and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
In 2016, Franklin completed 169 patient visits, a total of 235 hours, to provide companionship and short-term respite for Compassus patients and their families. She has been volunteering at Compassus since June 2007.
“We are proud to recognize Thelma for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Amberly Davis-Owens, executive director for Compassus – Yuma. “Volunteers like Thelma help make our mission a reality here at Compassus, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our care team.”
“Everyone who interacts with Thelma appreciates her quick wit, humor and compassion,” said Alma Clark, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Yuma. “I want to thank Thelma and all of the volunteers on our team for their true dedication to those we serve.”
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 400,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to 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.
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – Yuma, please visit compassus.com/yuma or call (928) 271-5437.