When it comes time to say goodbye, you want to make certain your loved one is as comfortable as possible. Because advanced illnesses often result in painful symptoms, hospice care provides medical and emotional support during a person's final days. Here at St. Margaret's Hospice, we offer palliative and end-of-life care for terminally ill patients in the New Orleans area. Let us take a moment to discuss the services we provide to our clients.
When a patient in the final stage of an illness chooses to remain at home, they often require hospice care service. As long as their symptoms are under control, we may recommend routine home care. Patients at this level of care often have pain, nausea, vomiting, and other common symptoms that can be managed during regular visits from medical professionals.
Patients receive personal service based on their needs. Our doctors, nurses, and aides work hard to coordinate care plans with the patient's physician and family members. As such, the number of visits our hospice staff must make varies based on the plan that is established in advance. Because needs can and often do change, our team may adjust scheduled visits to ensure an optimal level of routine care.
When a patient's symptoms are unpredictable and acute, we may recommend continuous care. Often needed during periods of crisis, continuous care requires round-the-clock medical supervision. In most cases, at least one registered nurse will stay with the patient, providing medical treatment when needed. Other members of our team may make multiple visits to help provide specialized care to critically ill patients. The goal of continuous care is to achieve palliation and control of the most severe medical symptoms. If this can be accomplished, the patient may be downgraded and can continue receiving routine care at home. If it cannot, our team will do everything in their power to make your loved one as comfortable as possible in the time they have left.
Other End-Of-Life Services
In addition to routine and continuous care, we offer the following services for patients and their families:
- Free consultation
- Care coordination
- Medications, equipment, and other supplies needed to care for patients with terminal illnesses
- Short-term inpatient service for patients who require continuous hospice care
- Support programs for family members
- A bereavement program
- A spiritual program for patients and their families
- Grief support for those who need it
- The BRIDGE Program
- Private sitter service for routine care patients, if needed
- Respite care for temporary reprieve
We Can Help
If you live in the New Orleans area and require hospice care for yourself or a loved one, please contact St. Margaret's Hospice. We know that there are many questions you might have, and we would be happy to answer each of them over the phone or in person.