Of the 115,000 persons involved in hospice care in America, some 95,000 are volunteers. Each year volunteers give more than 5 million hours to helping dying persons and their families.

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Levels of Care

Hospice of Natchitoches is an organization of compassionate, well-trained professionals, support staff, and volunteers who provide a comprehensive program of medical care, counseling, and spiritual direction to persons with life-threatening conditions.  Dame Cecily Sanders once said, “That which is truly important is a life lived richly, deeply and meaningfully for as long as it lasts.”

At Hospice of Natchitoches our goal is to promote dignity and comfort care for those facing a life limiting disease while at the same time supporting and helping family and loved ones cope with end-of-life realities with quality and compassionate care.

Hospice of Natchitoches Services

Medical Services - 24 hour service, professional staff, durable equipment, medical supplies & medication.

  • 24-hour physician on call
  • Professional staff on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • Skilled and supportive nursing services
  • Durable medical equipment (beds, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.)
  • Medical supplies
  • Medication (as appropriate under Medicare)

Support Services - Education, therapy, counseling and chaplain services.

  • Education for caregivers and family
  • Bereavement and suport groups
  • Assistance with personal hygiene
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Dietary counseling
  • Counseling and support for patient and family members
  • Chaplain services
  • Volunteer visits

Routine Home Care

A routine home care day is a day on which an individual who has elected to receive hospice care is at home.

Continuous Skilled Home Care

A continuous home care day is a day on which an individual who has elected to receive hospice care is not in an inpatient facility and receives hospice care consisting predominantly of nursing care on a continuous basis at home. Home health aide or homemaker services, or both, may also be provided on a continuous basis. Continuous home care is only furnished during brief periods of crisis and only as necessary to maintain the terminally ill patient at home.

Inpatient General Care

A general inpatient care day is a day on which an individual who has elected hospice care receives general inpatient care in an inpatient facility for pain control or acute or chronic symptom management which cannot be managed in other settings.

Inpatient Respite Care

An inpatient respite care day is a day on which the individual who has elected hospice care receives care in an approved facility on a short-term basis for respite.