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Larose Hospice Care

Doctor Managed Hospice Care Serving Larose

The people that live in and around Larose are known for their sense of community, caring nature, and strong family bonds. When difficult times occur, the citizens of Larose have a reputation for pulling together and supporting each other, just as they did when Katrina rained destruction upon Louisiana’s communities. Unfortunately, life itself is filled with storms, and while the forces of nature brings most storms, others are simply a part of life. Likely none more distressing than when a person we care for develops a terminal illness. Still, these storms happen to every one of us. Inevitably, we will all need to deal with the passing of our loved ones because each of our lives will ultimately come to an end.

When a loved one is coming to the end of their life’s journey, many of us are not prepared and oftentimes at a loss as to where to go for the assistance we require to help us through this challenging and often unfamiliar aspect of life. In most circumstances, hospice is the solution we are seeking to help us with the challenges of taking care of our loved ones 24 hours a day.

Many Larose residents most likely think that hospice is a place which terminally ill people go to pass away. However, hospice is not a place, and it isn’t about dying. The truth is, hospice is a compassionate, holistic medical care which improves the quality of life for our patients and their family caregivers. It also lets individuals that have a terminal illness to live the best life possible with the time they have remaining.

Hospice also allows people nearing the end of their lives to continue to live in Larose and live in their homes with their families close to them. As a matter of fact, nearly ninety percent of people who choose hospice as a treatment continue to remain in their residences up until they pass on. It does not matter if they live in a house, a retirement community, or an apartment in Larose because hospice is almost always conducted in a patient’s home, regardless of where they call home. Hospice Associates’ caring staff will travel to your Larose home and administer the compassionate care you or your loved one requires, and we will do it whenever you or your loved one requires it, anytime, 24-7. Hospice Associates is only a phone call away.

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A Nurse's Perspective

The Heart of Larose Hospice Care

How is it that a single word could cause so much dread?
How does a single word often cause people to cringe?
One word that many people never want to hear…

That word is HOSPICE, and it’s not nearly as scary as you may make it out to be. Hospice should not be a thing to be feared, hospice is something to be welcomed.

Hospice was originally a home intended for those with a fatal disease– a place where the dying would go to live out the final days of their lives. Nowadays, hospice is no longer thought of as a place. Instead, it is now thought of as a service that delivers comfort and care to patients in their own homes. Regardless of whether that home is in a nursing home, assisted living facility, a member of the families’ home, or their very own home. Hospice can be administered to patients no matter where they consider home.

One of the biggest myths regarding hospice I have run into is that many people commonly presume hospice is reserved exclusively for people that may only have a short while left to live. The fact is hospice becomes accessible when a doctor informs their patient that their disease is terminal and a cure is no longer attainable.

My personal experience as a hospice nurse have offered me the to witness the beauty of what hospice care can provide to a family. One of the things I often learn from family members is that they wish they would have known hospice was available well before they did. I think this is because hospice reduces the burden placed on family members and gives them peace of mind. Once they understand the relief hospice provides, families can start to appreciate the short time they have remaining with the people they love.

I believe this is because the more quickly hospice is offered to a family, the sooner they can let go of the stress and fear of being the only ones giving care to their family member. And when they realize the relief hospice can provide, they have the opportunity to begin enjoying the time they have left with their loved one.

Hospice Offers A valuable Education.

We help walk families through every facet of the disease process, so they can understand how illness will advance and what they can come to anticipate. Then when things occur, we are readily available to respond to all of their questions and address any worries they may have. With this knowledge and understanding, families lose the fear of the unfamiliar and are provided the resources they need to help their loved ones through the dying process.

Hospice Offers Comfort

This is not only for our patients but also for their families. Comfort is a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Hospice offers patients and their families with spiritual, psychosocial, and physical comfort. Pain can be brought on by many different things, however, it isn’t limited to just bodily pain.

Hospice Provides Closure

Hospice also aids to take off the restraints you may feel your condition has placed on you. For a few, possessing the knowledge and understanding what to expect can be liberating. We never put restrictions on what our patients can or can not do. Our goal is to help you be as comfortable and live every moment that you have remaining to the fullest with the ones you love.

Larose Hospice Care FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Larose In-Home* Hospice

In-home hospice Care provided at our Larose patient's own homeThe majority of hospice care is provided in-home, irrespective of the place the patient considers home. Hospice Care may be offered at your personal residence, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, or family homes.

If you know of somebody in Larose that needs hospice treatment we are available for a confidential discussion at any time.Anyone, whether a family member, patient, friend, medical professional or healthcare professional, may make a referral to Hospice Associates. Referrals are totally confidential. If you know of an individual that is in need of our services, contact us at 504-457-2200 to discuss whether we may be a suitable fit for the individual you are concerned for.
If you know of somebody in Larose that needs hospice treatment we are available for a confidential discussion at any time.The best opportunity to learn about hospice care is well before you or somebody you care for really needs it. But it’s never too late to learn more about hospice or to go over hospice with family members. By talking about hospice well in advance, you ensure that every family member impacted possesses a good understanding of what is available to them.
Larose hospice care is for anybody encountering a terminal health problem.Not at all, individuals of all ages with a life-limiting diagnosis can undergo hospice care.
Your Larose physician continues to be an active participant in your health care administration.Yes. Your physician becomes part of our team. We will be in touch and work with your doctor to better understand your personal requirements.
Hospice treatment does not limit the activities you enjoy, hospice care can aid you to enjoy those activities all the more.To qualify for hospice, individuals don’t have to be sedentary. Our goal is to help our patients live their lives to the fullest. We encourage our patients to do whatever they feel up to and continue to do the things that bring them happiness.
Hospice care offers a number of benefits to both hospice patients and their families.What helps make hospice special is that it places emphasis on patient care and not on a cure. Hospice care makes it possible for people which have developed a terminal illness to decide precisely how they would like to spend the rest of their lives. Hospice attends to the entire person, and their family members are considered as part of the unit of care. It places emphasis on pain control and enjoying life fully.

Hospice care is paid for by Medicare as well as Medicaid and is available to anyone diagnosed with 6 months or less to live.Hospice care, even in-home hospice care is almost always completely covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so hospice care is something everybody that needs it can afford. Individual insurance can sometimes help fund the expense of things Medicare and Medicaid might not cover.

Hospice care is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid and is offered to anyone with 6 months or less to live.Hospice Associates provides hospice and palliative services to any qualified* person that resides within a 50-mile radius of New Orleans, that includes Larose.
Find out more concerning the gifts of becoming a hospice volunteer.Hospice volunteers are generally available to provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones, often including:
  • Performing errands
  • Making meals
  • Offering companionship
  • Sitting with a patient to give family members some downtime.
  • Providing emotional support to patients and families.
Because volunteers spend time in individuals’ and relatives’ residences, each hospice volunteer receives a a rigorous interview process and background screening to assure the person is appropriate for this type of volunteer service. Additionally, Hospice Associates has a training course for their care volunteers. Areas covered in these training programs commonly consist of understanding hospice, confidentiality, working with families, listening skills, signs of approaching death, loss, grief, and bereavement support.