Hospice Care

Each family hospice aide and hospice chaplain at The Carpenter Health Network supports patients and family members.

Hospice is based on the belief that with sensitive, appropriate care and with the support of a caring community, terminally ill patients and their families can prepare to face the inevitable challenges ahead. That’s why every hospice aide, every staff member must recognize that family and hospice go hand in caring hand. Hospice supports over 1.56 million Americans, and their families and caregivers, each year.

Sometimes there was no reason to use words; your presence emoted compassion and empathy, what we would like to believe was Christ-like. You loved and cared for our brother while we couldn’t.

—Family member 

At The Carpenter Health Network, we offer family-focused hospice, including time with the hospice chaplain, to care for and ensure a high quality of life for patients with terminal illnesses.Through St. Joseph Hospice and The Carpenter House, we help individuals manage the pain and symptoms of a terminal illness, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or social. We also provide support services for families and caregivers — because no matter what the circumstance or prognosis, we believe that a caring and supportive community can make a positive difference.

The Carpenter Health Network provides hospice care to terminally ill patients at their homes and in inpatient settings. Within our family of companies, we offer routine care, respite care, general inpatient care, and crisis care — all of which are available 24/7. At the Carpenter Health Network, hospice services are offered through two trusted teams:

Hospice Care Myths

If you’re considering hospice for yourself or a loved one, it’s important that you know exactly what hospice is — and what it is not. To make learning about hospice easy, our hospice aides and staff members have outlined some common “hospice myths” below.

1. Hospice care means that the patient will die soon. Receiving hospice care does not mean that a patient of family is giving up hope, nor does it mean that death is imminent. The earlier an individual receives hospice care, the more opportunity there is to help manage symptoms and pain, address other needs, and ensure a better quality of life for the patient and family.

2. Hospice care is only for cancer patients. Hospice is not only for cancer patients. A large number of hospice patients have congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, chronic lung disease, or other conditions.

3. Hospice care means giving up hope. When faced with a terminal illness, many patients and family members tend to dwell on the imminent loss of life, rather than on making the most of the life that remains. Hospice helps families and patients reclaim the spirit of life. It helps them understand that even though death can lead to sadness, anger, and pain, it can also lead to opportunities for reminiscence, laughter, and reunion.

4. Once a patient elects hospice, he/she can no longer receive care from their primary care physician. Hospice reinforces the patient-primary physician relationship by advocating either office or home visits, according to the physician preference. Hospice agencies work closely with primary care physicians and consider the continuation of the patient-physician relationship to be of the highest priority.

5. Patients can only receive hospice care for a limited amount of time. The Medicare benefit, and most private insurance, pays for hospice care as long as the patient continues to meet the criteria necessary.

My mother received the best care possible with St. Joseph Hospice. We are pleased with our decision to let her be under hospice care. We are very satisfied with the service provided. God bless the staff tremendously!

—Family member 

Hospice Care Needs: Locations Served

The Carpenter Health Network provides hospice services in the following locations:

  • Alabama
    • Mobile
  • Lousiana
    • Alexandria
    • Baton Rouge
    • Covington
    • Houma
    • Lafayette
    • Monroe
    • New Orleans
    • Rayville
    • Shreveport
    • Thibodaux
  • Mississippi
    • Biloxi/Gulfport
    • Hattiesburg
    • Jackson
    • Vicksburg
  • Texas
    • Houston