Hospice Care Resources and Programs

While hospice care isn’t specific to age, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in 2017 about 64 percent of Medicare hospice patients were 80 or older, making it a very real end-of-life care option for your aging parents.

A patient may be referred to a hospice program if it has been determined that they have six months or less to live because of a terminal illness. It doesn’t treat the illness, but the comfort of the patient. Hospice usually isn’t a facility, though some healthcare providers in New Orleans offer inpatient services, but a type of in-home care that employs palliative care, or the mental, physical, and spiritual comfort of a patient.

“All of hospice is palliative care,” says Jamey Boudreaux, executive director of the nonprofit Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, in addition to treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease has ended. 

Covered by Medicare Part A, Veterans Affairs benefits, Medicaid, and most private insurances, hospice patients could qualify for doctor and nursing services, medical equipment, medications related to symptom control and pain relief, speech therapy, social work services, bereavement counseling, and more.  

“Hospice is much more than just managing a condition until a patient dies,” Boudreaux says. “It’s easing the process for the patient — emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” 

According to Boudreaux, palliative care techniques could be coming to patients with chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and cystic fibrosis, too. A pilot program rolling out to 26 states in 2021 could offer the same soothing-type pain and symptom management used by hospices, but in a hospital setting for patients who visit the doctor at least two to three times in a 12-month period for their condition. The program is currently accepting applications and final details won’t be available until late this summer. 

HOSPICE CARE RESOURCES

Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 
888.546.1500
lmhpco.org

Hospice Foundation of America  
800.854.3402
hospicefoundation.org

Medicare 
medicare.gov/hospicecompare


HOSPICE CARE PROGRAMS

AmeraCare Home Health & Family 
303 W. 21st Ave., Covington
985.893.3301
ameracare.com 
– Outpatient Care

Canon Hospice – New Orleans 
3600 Prytania St. #46, New Orleans 
504.818.2723 
canonhospice.org 
– Outpatient Care 
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

Community Hospice 
3600 Chestnut St., New Orleans 
504.899.2011 
communityhospice.us 
– Outpatient/Inpatient Care  

Compassus 
1301 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville 
985.639.8000 
compassus.com 
– Outpatient Care 
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care of New Orleans 
3500 N. Causeway Blvd. #650, Metairie 
504.483.9792 
lhcgroup.com 
– Outpatient Care 
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

Notre Dame Hospice 
1000 Howard Ave. f10, New Orleans 
504.227.3600 
notredamehealth.org 
– Outpatient Care 
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

Sanctuary At Passages Hospice  
617 Dublin St., New Orleans 
504.556.0770 
passages-hospice.com 
– Outpatient Care 
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

St. Joseph Hospice 
507 Upstream St., New Orleans 
504.734.0140 
thecarpenterhealthnetwork.com 
– Outpatient/Inpatient Care  
– Accepts Private Pay/Insurance 

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