Our Mission:

To provide care and education that positively transform the way people view and experience the end of life.


What Is Hospice?

Hospice is not a place—it’s a medical and philosophical approach to care. Our hospice team provides medical, emotional, practical and spiritual support to individuals with terminal illnesses and their families. Our philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to the terminally ill patient and their family. A registered nurse is on call around the clock -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- to complement and assist the hospice team in giving patients comfort, peace of mind, enhanced quality of life and dignity at the end of life.

How Can I Afford Hospice Care?

Who pays for Hospice Care?

Eighty percent of people who use hospice care are over the age of 65, and are thus entitled to the services offered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The benefit covers virtually all aspects of hospice care with little out-of-pocket expense to the patient or family. As a result, the financial burdens usually associated with caring for a terminally ill patient are virtually nonexistent. In addition, most private health plans as well as Louisiana Medicaid cover hospice services.

Is Medicare Coverage Forfeited If Hospice Care Is Chosen?

Not at all. A patient retains full Medicare coverage for any health care needs not related to the terminal diagnosis, even if the patient elects to utilize services offered by Superior Hospice of Northwest Louisiana.

Who Qualifies For Hospice Care?

Hospice care is for any person who has been certified by their doctor and the medical directors of Superior Hospice of Northwest Louisiana as being terminally ill and has a life expectancy of six months or less. Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are eligible to receive hospice care.

How Does Hospice Serve Patients And Families?

Hospice considers the patient and family together as the unit of care. It is a family-centered approach. The hospice team works collaboratively focusing on the dying patient’s needs be they physical, psychological or spiritual. The goal is to help keep the patient as pain-free and lucid as possible, with loved ones near by until death.

What About Other Insurance Plans?

Hospice services are a covered benefit through Louisiana Medicaid and a great number of private insurers.

How Long Can A Patient Receive Hospice Care?

Under the Medicare and Louisiana Medicaid Hospice Benefit… For as long as the physicians continue to re-certify the terminal illness, patients can receive hospice care. Two 90-day periods of care are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods, as long as the patient remains eligible.

Does Hospice Only Provide Care For Cancer Patients?

While a majority of our patients have cancer, hospice routinely services patients with end-stage congestive heart failure, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Alzheimer's and other diseases. The key to hospice appropriateness is individual assessment and prognosis.

Is Hospice Available To Nursing Home Patients?

Yes. Hospice services are designed to be provided wherever the patient resides. While typically provided in the patient's private residence, hospice services can be provided in an assisted living facility, a nursing home or other residential setting.

When Is It Time for Hospice?

There are a variety of factors to take into account when considering hospice. It might be time for hospice if the following apply to your loved one:

  • Frequent hospitalizations in the past six months

  • Repeat or multiple infections

  • Increased or uncontrollable pain

 • Unplanned or continued weight loss

 • Progressive decline in health despite undergoing treatment

 • Life expectancy of six months or less

What Support Services Are Offered To The Family?

Our social workers counsel families and patients to help them understand the emotions they will experience during this difficult time. Bereavement staff counsels families for 13 months as they cope with grief and loss after a loved one’s death.