Our Team

Our team is lead by Luis Velasquez RN, MHA, US Navy Senior Chief (SW), Retired.  Luis is Hospice and  Palliative Care Certified by the University of California, San Marcos. He is a retired disabled-veteran from the U. S. Navy, who served as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman and trained as a Naval Aerospace Physiology Technician at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI)  at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida.

His assignments included U. S. Marine Corps Units, National Naval Medical Center at Walter Reed Hospital, Naval Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts, Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia, Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman at the British Island of Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean. Luis had multiple ship assignments as Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman onboard the USS Hoel (DDG13), USS Robison (DDG-12), where he was responsible for the health of the ships’ crew. He  was also plank owner and member of the Medical Team onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), among other assignments.

Luis has over 40 years of combined military and civilian health care experience including retiring after 14 years as a Medicare Surveyor with the State of California. He also has 15 years of providing direct hospice patient care services as well as administrative duties in hospice.  Luis is the Director of Patient Care Services for Aria Hospice as well as the Administrator.  He conducts  hospice training of staff as well as supervision of the  Aria Hospice Team. Luis has a passion for excellence in providing hospice care to all patients, especially for families of the military and Veterans.

We Listen. We Care. We Serve.

When you are faced with the challenge of finding a hospice provider to help care for the emotional and physical well being of someone you love, maybe your mom or dad, you will be faced with many questions.

Making the decision about hospice care for a loved one is never easy, but finding the right answers can help you feel more comfortable with the options available and confident in your final decision.

Aria Hospice operates hospice care programs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties in Southern California. We pride ourselves on being one of the areas leading providers of end-of-life care.


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Anyone diagnosed with a limited life expectancy can receive Aria Hospice care.

Once a physician certifies that an illness is terminal, (a life expectancy of six months or less), they will collaborate with the Aria Hospice team for services, tailored to the needs and wishes of the patient.

Many patients have cancer, but Aria Hospice cares for individuals with many other life-limiting illness, including heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Family and friends also receive the benefit of hospice care, to help them support the patient and adapt to changes in their lives.

Many people mistakenly believe that all hospice patients are bed-bound, critically ill, and unable to continue living life to the fullest. Hospice celebrates life and supports you in achieving your individual needs in this chapter of your life.

Contact our Admission Coordinator at Aria Hospice in San Diego County or Imperial County with any questions you may have about hospice care or eligibility.

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After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients must make an important choice about goals for their treatment.

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When a physician determines that there is no curative treatment for a particular illness, the treatment is not helping any longer or you decide that the side effects of treatment are too great, you may consider choosing comfort care as your ultimate goal.

Aggressive medical treatment focuses on curing the physical illness rather than satisfying the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. It often requires intensive care in a clinical setting that can diminish quality of life. Hospice care has the focus of comfort, by relieving pain and other symptoms, while continuing to address emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family.

Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can experience a more peaceful and satisfying quality of life. At Aria Hospice, care is designed to primarily take place in the home or place of residence. Many families tell us that they waited too long to take full advantage of all the benefits offered by hospice care.


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We are one of Southern California’s premier providers of end-of-life care. Click the button below to Request Information or call (619) 795-6010 to learn how hospice care can help.