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Days on Average Hospice Patients Live Longer

The mean survival was 29 days longer for hospice patients than for non-hospice patients.

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Months Longer Lived with Palliative Care

Patients receiving palliative care also reported a higher quality of life in their final course of illness.

Passages Hospice is deeply honored to provide exceptional end-of-life care for our friends,
our neighbors and their loved ones throughout Louisiana.
This is a uniquely personal time in your life and our goal is to honor your wishes while offering
the highest standard in comfort care.
Our hospice team works with you, your family, and your physician to develop a customized care-plan
that can change along with your unique needs.
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WELCOME

Passages Hospice is the only General Inpatient Hospice facility in the city of New Orleans.  Passages Hospice is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the quiet, peaceful Riverbend neighborhood.

Our facility is limited to 16 beds, because we understand how important it is for your family to experience the intimacy of a home-like setting while still benefitting from round-the-clock nursing and physician care.  Our state of the art facility is a sacred space.  We’ve invested much energy and attention to detail  into ensuring that your family experience is peaceful and that your loved one’s needs are met with empathy, respect and grace.

We feel that offering our families the space to gather, share stories, tears and laughter is a vital part of your experience with hospice care.  Each room holds an extra bed for a caregiver so that you never have to leave your loved one’s side during their stay with us.  Visitors are allowed anytime, day or night, and we provide delicious catered meals that remind our families of home.  Children and beloved pets are always welcome to cuddle with our patients.  The intimate atmosphere of the Sanctuary at Passages will allow you to become familiar with our team on duty the first day of your stay.

Let us serve you.  Allow us the privilege of supporting your family and providing all your loved one’s medical care so that you can focus on what’s important – holding hands with the ones we love, sharing stories of their great adventures and being fully present during their journey.

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I don’t know how I’ll manage dad’s care

Becoming more informed about healthcare choices can be empowering for you and your loved ones as you face terminal illness. Our experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assess your needs, teach you about the hospice benefit and work with your physician to determine eligibility.



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Mom doesn’t have a terminal diagnosis.

Hospice eligibility is based on prognosis rather than any one diagnosis.  This means that eligibility is defined as a life expectancy of 6 months or less if an illness follows its natural course.  Those living in the advanced stages of heart disease, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke, ALS and other advanced illnesses are eligible for hospice care.
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How do I know when it’s time for hospice?

Sometimes, an individual may be experiencing a general decline due to several debilitating conditions rather than one disease process.  While each patient is unique and diseases processes are different, there are often common signs to indicate that a person may be eligible for hospice services:

  • Not bouncing back
  • Unintentionally losing or gaining weight
  • Experiencing frequent hospitalizations or ER visits
  • Difficulty performing daily activities (ADLs)
  • Feeling a decrease in appetite
  • Fighting more frequent infections
  • Experiencing shortness of breath



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I don’t want to give up yet.

We will not ask you to give up your doctor, comfort medications or hope.  Our team will help you develop an individualized plan of care on admission that brings you comfort and honors your goals.  Your plan of care is unique to you and may easily change along with your needs.



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Who can refer my dad to hospice?

Anyone can refer a patient to hospice services.  Our job is to assess your needs and to collaborate with your physician to determine eligibility.

 

 

Who pays for hospice care?

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans pay for hospice services.

 

 

I wish I knew about hospice care sooner.

Educating yourself and your family about all available options will allow you to make an informed decision about your care.

An experienced hospice consultant can visit you anytime to assess your needs and will work with your doctor to determine if you are eligible for hospice care.  Contact us for a free consultation.



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