The Hospice of Baton Rouge offers free patient care programs that fulfill its mission to provide patients end-of-life care with dignity and respect. These unique programs are meant to support caregivers and patients that are veterans, pet owners, or looking to plan ahead.
The Hospice of Baton Rouge is on a mission to serve those who have served their country. America’s Veterans often carry experiences that present unique challenges at the end-of-life. We Honor Veterans®, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the special needs of dying veterans.
We believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home with honor and appreciation. According to statistics, a quarter of all deaths in America every year are veterans. Most of those veterans do not receive end-of-life care through the VA health care system, but rather through a hospice program. As a We Honor Veterans® - Level 4 Partner, The Hospice of Baton Rouge’s staff has received training to better assist veterans at the end-of-life. Our team understands their challenges.
Because of the respect demonstrated by The Hospice of Baton Rouge for the human animal bond, we have received a grant from Pet Peace of Mind® to help defray the costs associated with pet care and to help relieve some of the stress associated with providing daily pet care needs during the patient’s end-of-life journey. This service is offered only to non-profit hospice agencies, such as The Hospice of Baton Rouge.
The Hospice of Baton Rouge also respects the patient-physician relationship. Therefore, if a hospice patient has already established a relationship with a veterinarian (DVM), The Hospice of Baton works with that DVM to ensure the pet’s needs are met. However, if the patient’s pet does not have an assigned DMV, we will facilitate efforts to oversee the pet’s care.
To request Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM) Services, simply call 225-767-4673 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
Five Wishes® is an easy to use legal document written in everyday language that lets anyone plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 18 million copies in circulation.
Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps structure discussions with your family and physician.