Compassionate. Trusted. Experts.

Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. is proud to serve this community and offer the finest medical care to our patients and a complete array of services to their families. Father Louis Richard remains an active member of our Board of Directors, a constant reminder of our original goal—to bring a deep commitment to care for the dying.

Following the death of his grandmother while he was a seminarian studying in Belgium, Lafayette-native Father Louis Richard spent a summer working at St. Christopher's House near London with British physician, Dr. Cicely Saunders. Dr. Saunders is considered the founder of the modern-day Hospice movement, and it was there that Father Louis developed a deep commitment to care for the dying.

Returning home to Lafayette following his ordination, Father Louis met with other community leaders and, in 1983, helped establish Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.—a nonprofit hospice committed to providing quality care at the end of life for all, regardless of their ability to pay for these services.

Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. remains the ONLY nonprofit hospice in our area. We have the longest record of continuous service of any hospice in Louisiana, and, since our inception, we have served over 30,000 patients and their families.

Why We're Here

Hospice care in the U.S. began as a grassroots movement to provide care at home for terminally ill patients. It is a common misconception that hospice is a crisis service for the last few days of life. In actuality, hospice care is intended for patients with a terminal illness or condition, and a life expectancy of six months or less. The perception is that by electing hospice, the patient is giving up, and that end of life is imminent. However, the full benefit of hospice services come long before the end of life. We often hear, “We wish we had called hospice sooner.”

Hospice also emphasizes quality rather than length of life. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. It does, however, affirm life and regards death as a normal process. Our goal is to enhance the patient’s quality of life in his or her final months, weeks, and days.


Our mission is focused on:

  • Enabling the terminally ill to live as fully and comfortably as possible
  • Emphasizing quality of life
  • Helping people deal with grief
  • Offering education and resources
  • Advocating appropriate care at appropriate times
  • Reaching diverse populations while honoring customs and values

When the time comes to prioritize compassion, we’re here for you.

At our hospice, our unwavering commitment is to provide hospice services that not only offer respect and dignity to our patients but also extend a compassionate hand to the community. As a nonprofit organization, we go the extra mile by offering free services that other hospice providers simply cannot, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their financial means, receives the quality care and support they deserve during their most challenging times.

Our family of companies is wholeheartedly committed to supporting yours and are organized to provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the needs of caring for your loved ones.


heart-hoa.svg Hospice of Acadiana Foundation

Our foundation is dedicated to securing essential resources that enable us to extend the reach of our services and uphold our commitment to providing exceptional, compassionate care. Its invaluable contributions bring numerous benefits, including the ability to offer free services, enhance the quality of care, and ensure that every patient, regardless of their financial situation, can experience the comfort and support they deserve during their end-of-life journey.

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Hospice of Acadiana - ACHC Accredited
Hospice of Acadiana - Five Star Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rating
Hospice of Acadiana - Hospice Honors
Hospice of Acadiana - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Hospice of Acadiana - National Partnership for Hospice Innovation