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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Who is Eligible?

Hospice of Natchitoches provides quality, compassionate, and personalized care to patients with a diagnosis of limited life expectancy.

Hospice has three key eligibility criteria:

The patient’s doctor and the hospice medical director use their best clinical judgment to certify that the patient is terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less, if the disease runs its normal course; The patient chooses to receive hospice care rather than curative treatments for his or her illness; and the patient enrolls in a Medicare-approved hospice program. Patients must reside within a 50 mile radius of Natchitoches.

Admission is based upon physician's referral. Patient and family must agree upon a palliative course of treatment.

No person shall be denied patient care services or employment / volunteer opportunities based on race, disease, age, handicap, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

"Words cannot express my feelings for Hospice. Your kindness, professional ability, calmness and just being you, enabled me to trust and feel calm about our situation. I thank you for coming into our lives." - A surviving spouse


Approximately 50% of our patients suffer from some type of cancer. Of the remaining 50%, the diagnoses include:

Eligible conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease AIDS
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • End Stages of Alzheimer's
  • General Debilitation from advanced age