Notre Dame Health System Honors Home Care and Hospice Caregivers

November 20, 2019 | Posted in Home Care, Hospice Care, Media

Notre Dame Health System (NDHS) pays special tribute this month to the hundreds of nurses, therapists, home care aides and social workers who care daily for patients and their families through Home Care and Hospice services offered by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The national observance of Home Care and Hospice Month recognizes the dedication of these professionals who make a difference in the lives of the patients for whom they care in private homes as well as residential facilities operated by the health system.

“Our caregivers play a central role in the lives of the patients they serve,” says Wayne Plaisance, CEO of Notre Dame Health System. “We see them as heroes, whose tireless dedication and compassion are central to our work. In many cases, particularly with in-home care, they may detect illnesses or needs of the patients that family members miss. They are trained to nurture and care for your loved ones.”

Notre Dame Home Care staff help patients with routine tasks such as getting dressed, grocery shopping and light house cleaning. Having home care aides routinely come into the home allows patients to remain independent and in their own homes while recovering from illnesses or injury or as their overall physical abilities begin to decline. Skilled nursing care is also available, depending on the patient’s needs.

As the only Catholic, non-profit, hospice service in the greater New Orleans area, Notre Dame Hospice provides care beyond the cure. As Tracy Gonzalez, director of marketing and admissions for the hospice program, explains “When the focus becomes more about the life that remains rather than an illness, our goal is to provide support for your loved one’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs.”

Hospice services are available both in home and at all of the health system’s residential communities—Chateau de Notre Dame, Our Lady of Wisdom and Wynhoven Health Care Center.

Gonzalez also points out that as the holidays approach, family members who live great distances away are often surprised to see how much the health of their parents, grandparents or other loved ones may have declined since the last visit. The holidays are a good time to closely observe aging family members and look for signs such as significant weight loss, issues with balance, memory loss and disinterest in their housekeeping. Also, check refrigerators and pantries to see what’s stocked. These can be indicators that they may need additional care.

To schedule a consultation and find out more information about services offered by Notre Dame Health System, visit www.notredamehealth.org/schedule-a-consultation.

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