Palliative Care offers a trained volunteer program. Opportunities include:
- Patient visitation
- Administrative support
- Educational event planning & support
- Pet therapy (People-Animal Connection [PAC] Program)
- Music therapy
- Quality of Life resource & support team
- Hearing their Voice: Advance Care Planning for the Homeless is a UCLA Palliative Care-led initiative; staffed by volunteers, this team goes into the homeless community to provide education and offer Advance Healthcare Directives and other healthcare and quality of life resources to homeless clients. We feel that all individuals should have the right to share what constitutes an acceptable Quality of Life, as well as what healthcare they would or would not want to receive, should that Quality of Life no longer be likely because of a medical illness or crisis.
To date, we have distributed hundreds of Directives to homeless individuals, as well as performing educational courses locally and nationally for those who offer care and support to homeless clients about the importance of Healthcare Directives for this vulnerable population. Your support will allow our valuable work “Hearing their Voice” to continue and expand, offering our clients choice, autonomy and dignity.
Contact Elaine Eastwood, Volunteer Services Manager at (424) 259-8176 or visit UCLA Volunteer Services website for further information.