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Montz Hospice Care

Doctor Led Hospice Care Serving Montz

The people that reside in and near Montz are well known for their sense of community, caring nature, and strong family values. When challenging times happen, the residents of Montz have a history of pulling together and supporting each other, just as they did when Katrina rained devastation upon Southern Louisiana’s communities.  Regrettably, life itself has many storms, and while the forces of nature brings most storms, others are just a part of living. Likely none more distressing than when someone we care about develops an incurable illness. Even so, these storms happen to every family. Eventually, we all will have to deal with the death of loved ones because each of our lives will ultimately come to its end.

When someone we love is coming to the end of their life’s journey, most of us are not prepared and often at a loss as to where to look for the assistance we need to help us traverse this challenging and often unfamiliar aspect of life. In most circumstances, hospice is the answer we really need to support us with the difficulties of nursing our loved ones full-time.

Most Montz natives most likely think that hospice is a place that sick people go to die. But, hospice isn’t a place, and it is not about dying. The truth is, hospice is a compassionate, holistic medical care that improves the quality of life for the people in our care and their loved ones. It also permits individuals with a terminal condition to lead the best life possible in the time that they have been given.

Hospice also allows people approaching the end of their lives to continue to live in Montz and remain in their homes with their families near them. In fact, close to ninety percent of the people who embrace hospice as a treatment program continue to reside in their homes up until they pass on. It does not matter if they reside in a house, a retirement community, or an apartment in Montz because hospice is almost always conducted in a patient’s home, irrespective of the place they call home. Hospice Associates’ caring staff will come to your Montz home and administer the compassionate care you or your loved one needs, and we will do it when you or your loved one requires it, anytime, day or night. Hospice Associates is only a phone call away.

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A Nurse's Perspective

The Heart of Montz Hospice Care

How is it that just one word can bring so much fear?
How does one word cause people to cringe?
One word that a lot of people never want to hear…

That word is HOSPICE, and it’s not as scary as you may make it out to be. As a matter of fact, hospice isn’t something people should fear… it is something we should all welcome.

Hospice was originally a home intended for those with a life-limiting disease– a place where the dying would go to live out the remainder of their lives. Nowadays, hospice is no longer viewed as a place. Instead, it is now viewed as more of a service that offers comfort and care to patients in their own homes. Regardless of whether that home is in a nursing home, assisted living facility, relatives’ home, or their very own home. Hospice can be administered to patients regardless of where they consider home.

Among the leading misconceptions about hospice I have encountered is that many people commonly presume it is reserved only for patients that only have a few days left to live. The fact is hospice becomes available when a physician tells their patient that their condition is incurable and a cure is no longer possible.

My experience as a hospice nurse have offered me the opportunity to witness the blessing of what hospice care provides to a family. Among the many things I learn from family members is that they wish they would have known hospice was an option long before they did. I believe this is because hospice reduces the burden placed on families and gives them peace of mind. Once they understand the relief hospice offers, families can start to enjoy the time they have left with the ones they love.

I believe this is because the sooner hospice is offered to a patient’s family, the sooner they are able to let go of the stress and fear of being the only ones offering care to their family member. And once they see the relief it can provide, they have the ability to begin enjoying the short time they have remaining with their loved one.

Hospice Offers A valuable Education.

Initially, we walk families through every phase of the disease’s process, so they see how the illness will advance and what they can come to expect. Then, as things develop, we are available to answer each of their questions and address any concerns they might have. With this knowledge and understanding, families shed the fear of the unknown and are provided the tools they are in need of to help their loved ones throughout the process of dying.

Hospice Provides Comfort

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

Hospice Provides Closure

Hospice even aids to take off the barriers you may believe your disease has put on you. For many, possessing the knowledge and understanding what you should expect may be liberating. We never put limitations on what you can or can not do. Our aim is to help you be as comfortable and enjoy every moment that you have left to the fullest together with your loved ones.

Montz Hospice Care FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Montz In-Home* Hospice

In-home hospice Care delivered at our Montz patient's own residenceVirtualy all hospice care is provided in-home, regardless of the place the patient calls their home. Care may be offered at your private residence, retirement community, assisted living, group homes, or family homes.

If you know of anyone in Montz that needs hospice treatment we are readily available for a confidential discussion at any time.Anyone, whether a member of the family, patient, friend, personal doctor or medical professional, may make a referral to Hospice Associates. Recommendations are completely confidential. If you know of anyone that is in need of our services, get in touch with us at 504-457-2200 to discuss whether or not we would be a suitable fit for the individual you are concerned for.
If you know of anyone in Montz that needs hospice care we are readily available for a confidential conversation at any time.The most suitable occasion to learn about hospice care is prior to you or someone you care for actually needs hospice care. But it’s never too late to find out about hospice care or to go over hospice with your family. By discussing hospice care well in advance, you ensure that everybody impacted possesses a thorough understanding of what is available to them.
Montz hospice treatment is for any individual encountering an incurable health problem.Not at all, people of any age with a life-limiting illness are able to undergo hospice care.
Your Montz physician remains an active participant in your health care monitoring.Yes. Your family physician is part of our team. We will communicate and consult with your doctor to best understand your personal needs.
Hospice treatment does not restrict the activities you enjoy, hospice care can aid you to enjoy those tasks all the more.To qualify for hospice care, you don’t need to be inactive. Our goal is to help our patients live life to the fullest. We encourage our patients to do whatever they feel up to and continue to keep on doing the activities that bring them happiness.
Hospice care gives many benefits to both hospice patients and also their family members.What helps make hospice special is that it places emphasis on patient care and not on a cure. Hospice enables people which have developed a terminal illness to determine the way they would like to spend the rest of their lives. Hospice care treats the entire person, and their family members are considered as part of the care unit. It emphasizes pain management and living life fully.

Hospice treatment is covered by Medicare and also Medicaid and is available to anyone with 6 months or less to live.Hospice services, even in-home hospice is almost always 100% paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, so hospice care is something everyone that needs it can afford. Individual insurance can occassionaly help subsidize the cost of items Medicaid and Medicare may not cover.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare and also Medicaid and is offered to anybody diagnosed with 6 months or less to live.Hospice Associates offers hospice and palliative care to all qualified* man or woman that resides within a 50 mile radius of New Orleans, that includes Montz.
Discover more about the joys of becoming a hospice volunteer.Hospice volunteers are generally available to provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones, which may include:
  • Performing errands
  • Preparing meals
  • Offering companionship
  • Sitting with a patient to allow family members some downtime.
  • Giving emotional support to patients and families.
Because hospice volunteers spend time in patients’ and relatives’ homes, each hospice volunteer receives a a rigorous vetting process as well as background screening to make sure the individual is appropriate for this particular kind of volunteer service. Furthermore, Hospice Associates has a training course for their patient care providers. Areas covered in these training programs commonly feature understanding hospice, confidentiality, assisting families, listening skills, signs of impending death, loss, grief, and bereavement support.