Beginning in 1996, responsibility for fund development efforts to support services and programs of Hospice of Acadiana was placed in the hands of the Hospice of Acadiana Foundation, Inc.
Indigent Patient Fund
As a non-profit organization, Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. was founded on the promise never to refuse care for any patient based on inability to pay. To fulfill that promise, Hospice of Acadiana established and maintains an indigent patient fund, from which the cost of extending care to patients without means can be paid. Support for that fund comes to the Foundation from the community, primarily in the form of foundation and corporate grants, private donations, memorial gifts, membership fees, and special events fundraising.
In addition, gifts to the Foundation make it possible for Hospice of Acadiana to extend to patients many services that it deems essential but which are not reimbursed by Medicare or other forms of insurance and to develop new programs from which it receives no compensation.
Funding Focus Areas
Hospice of Acadiana Foundation, Inc. has identified several focus areas for funding.
Indigent Patient Care. Patient services for persons not eligible for Medicare/Medicaid, not covered by private insurance, and having no other means of paying for hospice services. These services include visits by physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, and chaplains and assistance with medications, medical supplies, and medical equipment. Hospice of Acadiana prides itself on maintaining its commitment to never turn anyone away do to inability to pay.
Bereavement Program. This program offers individuals and group counseling to surviving members of bereaved families. This program is open to the community; there is no requirement that the deceased was a hospice patient.
Professional Education. This program was created foster increased awareness and knowledge of hospice among physicians, nurses, social workers and other workers on health care and relates fields.
Patient/Family Education. Provides training on topics such as advanced medical directives, infection control, medication safety, nutrition, physical signs and symptoms, stress management, and caring for the caregiver.
Volunteer Programs. Allows for continuing in-service education to hospice volunteers.
Camp Brave Hearts. Provides support for children who are faced with the challenges of grief through a two-day summer camp.