Our Mission:

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

Signs and Symptoms to Look For

May include one, or a combination of the following:

• Diminished functional status
• Increased weakness, fatigue, drowsiness
• Decreased appetite
• Progressive weight loss
• Progressive decline despite medical therapies
• Multiple hospitalizations/frequent ER visits
• Pain that is more difficult to control
• Uncontrolled nausea/vomiting
• Increasing dyspnea
• Dysphagia
• Oxygen dependency
• Ascites
• Recurrent infections
• Decline in mental status

Diagnoses That May Qualify

• Malignancies (all forms of cancer, leukemia)
• End Stage Pulmonary
• End Stage Heart Disease
• End Stage Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia
• CVA (Cerebrovascular Disease)/Stroke
• End Stage Acute Renal Disease
• End Stage Chronic Renal Disease
• End Stage Liver Disease
• ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
• Parkinson's Disease
• End Stage HIV Infection/AIDS
• Multisystem Failure/Debilitating Chronic Conditions
• Malnutrition/Failure to Thrive

Who To Refer

When To Refer

If you believe that a patient with an advanced, progressive illness is likely to die within a year, Superior Hospice of Northwest Louisiana is an excellent option.

To begin hospice care, a referring physician and the Medical Director must agree that a patient has a:

• Terminal diagnosis
• Prognosis up to six months, assuming the disease runs its normal course (Six-month prognoses can be renewed,     leading to hospice stays lasting longer than six months.)

• CMS urges early referrals of terminally ill patients for hospice care, noting:

• Prognoses do not have to be certain, as some end-stage conditions have unpredictable courses
• Patients may initially improve in hospice
• Patients may be in hospice longer than six months

How To Refer

To refer by phone, please contact the Superior Hospice of Northwest Louisiana Admissions Department at 318.872.2000.