Questions About New Orleans Hospice Care

Are you looking for quality hospice care in the greater New Orleans area? It can be a complicated process to decide exactly what level of care your loved one requires and whether it's time for hospice. At St. Margaret’s Hospice, we understand, and we’re here to help! Whether you are looking for end of life care or palliative care for your loved one, trust our experienced and compassionate team. We are proud to serve both Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish residents. Below, you'll find several frequently asked questions related to our New Orleans hospice care and services. If you have any other questions, please contact us. Our dedicated and friendly staff will take care of you.

Contrary to popular belief, hospice is not an aggressive treatment program for terminal illness. St. Margaret's Hospice provides pain management and emotional support for patients with untreatable illnesses. Our nurses and staff provide the most personal, highest-quality comfort care in the city. We ensure that our patients' final days are filled with dignity, compassion, and peace. St. Margaret's Hospice also provides grief-management therapy for the families of our patients and assists with the arrangements of our patients' final rites.

A patient is an appropriate candidate for hospice care if the patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness that limits life expectancy to six months or fewer. The patient is eligible for hospice care even if they live longer than the six months designated by the illness. A physician will determine whether or not hospice care is the right choice for the patient.

Hospice is a holistic approach to the final days of the patient. St. Margaret's Hospice meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Further, our services cater to the needs of the patient's family. For the patient, hospice provides all therapies needed, home visits by a medical director or skilled nurse, the expertise of medical social workers, a chaplain, and other top-tier, compassionate personnel. For the family, hospice provides information and coordination regarding the patient's health and medical needs. St. Margaret's also provides grief support and bereavement management.

Hospice care is a hospital insurance benefit under Medicare Part A. If you have an incurable disease, then you are allowed to seek hospice care either in your home or at a treatment center. A state's Medicaid program helps lower-income patients receive hospice care much in the same way as the Medicare Hospice Benefit. You can also check with your insurance company to see if they cover hospice care.

Palliative care is the overarching branch of medicine that focuses on treating a person's symptoms rather than curing his or her ailment. Hospice is a type of palliative care that helps to relieve the symptoms of incurable diseases at the end of a person's life. Palliative care can be given to a patient at any stage of his or her life, whereas hospice care is only given at the end of a patient's life.

How to Get Started with Hospice

To get started with hospice, it must first be determined by your loved one and his or her physician that it's time to consider hospice care. After this decision is made, it's important to do research on the hospice facilities in your area. Ask questions about the staff, the facilities, whether or not they provide home treatment, and if they have bereavement programs. You should also ask about other programs and services offered. You should find out which local facilities would be covered by your insurance. Compare your options to see which one is the right choice for your loved one.