Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. offers specialized medical care and emotional support to maintain the best quality of life leading up to, and during, this time of transition. Hospice care often includes pain and symptom management; help with understanding care options; and emotional support for patients and their loved ones.
In-home Care: Care is provided in the patient’s home, nursing home, or Assisted Living Facility in the form of intermittent visits by the hospice team with 24-hour access to the on-call registered nurse.
In-patient Care: Care is provided at an area hospital for symptom management that cannot be administered in a home setting. Hospice team will make daily visits and direct the care that is being provided by hospital staff.
Continuous Care: For patients who do not wish to return the hospital but require full-time symptom management, continuous bedside care is provided in the patient’s home by the hospice team for a limited time.
Respite Care: Continuous bedside care is provided by the hospice team for up to five days when or if the primary caregiver is unavailable to provide care.
If you are unsure if hospice care is an option for you or your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact us at 337-232-1234. Even if it’s not time for hospice care yet, understanding the choices and having a plan can reduce unnecessary stress and help everyone feel better.
Trained volunteers support our patients and their families. Volunteers spend quality time with patients — simply talking or reading — or engaging in activities like listening to music or playing cards. They enable caregivers to take breaks, and support families by providing transportation, running errands and caring for pets. In addition to practical help, volunteers give emotional and spiritual support to families in transition. They also comfort family and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Pets are a special source of unconditional love and comfort. Through our Pet Peace of Mind program, we help ensure that for families in transition pets receive care and support, too. We provide volunteers who:
- feed pets;
- walk dogs and change cat litter;
- schedule veterinary and grooming appointments; and
- transport pets to the vet or groomer.
Other resources include pet food for those in need; funding for emergency pet boarding; and finding new homes for pets, if and when needed. Pet Peace of Mind services are available through a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust.
We understand that veterans may have special medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and we are committed to giving them the support they deserve.Our We Honor Veterans Program is the only Level 4 Program in Acadiana, the highest designation any agency can achieve. This designation means we have demonstrated our commitment to improving care for veterans and their family members.
We Honor Veterans is an initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This affiliation enables us to offer specialized programs for our veteran patients, including educational programs and support from veteran volunteers.
Patients may request a volunteer from their own military branch. In addition to providing general support services, these We Honor Veterans volunteers:
- share military experiences and life stories;
- educate and assist patients in receiving veterans’ benefits;
- assist in replacing lost medals; and
- participate in pinning ceremonies.
Hospice of Acadiana offers spiritual guidance for patients and families of all denominations and multiple faiths. Our pastoral care staff includes a Catholic deacon, a Catholic lay chaplain and a protestant minister, as well as a team of specially selected and trained pastoral care volunteers. They visit as often as the patient and/or family requests.
For more information on our pastoral care services, please contact our Director of Pastoral Care Deacon James Davis.
Hospice of Acadiana provides free bereavement services to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. It doesn’t matter whether your loved one was a patient of Hospice of Acadiana, Inc., another hospice provider, or was not a hospice patient at all.
The only requirement for service is being a resident in our 9-parish service area: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.
The Center for Loss and Transition
Center staff include nationally certified bereavement counselors who specialize in grief therapy. The Center offers comprehensive services, including:
- individual counseling;
- support groups;
- labyrinth walks and workshops; and
- workshops on loss and transition.
Our bereavement staff seeks to keep in touch with family members for at least 13 months.
Camp Brave Hearts
Children have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. At our annual summer camp children ages 7 to 11 discover they are not alone in their grief. The camp is a safe, supportive place for them to share their stories, express their feelings and learn coping skills to deal with, and manage, their grief and loss.