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Hospice Foundation of the South
A terminal illness presents many challenges for patients and their families. The Hospice House in Slidell provides a home and medical and emotional care for patients to live out their last days at no cost to them or their families. Hospice House, the only such home in St. Tammany Parish, was opened in March 2014 by the Hospice Foundation of the South. A three-bedroom home, it serves terminally ill patients who are recommended by one of eight associated hospice programs. To date 112 families have utilized the home. Circumstances often make families need the home for their loved one. Sometimes an elderly person is in hospice but the spouse is not able to physically care for him/her. A son or daughter who has to work cannot be the 24-hour caregiver. And some people have no family—some may even be homeless. The hospices come to the Hospice House just like they would in the patient’s own home. Home Instead Senior Care provides the 24/7 care for the residents. A children’s grief camp every May helps children who have experienced a loss of a loved one cope with their grief. An all-volunteer effort of chaplains, nurses, social workers, teachers and lay people help coordinate horse therapy, music therapy, art therapy and more to help up to 30 children ages 7-12 cope with their loss. The Hospice Foundation of the South has three annual events to raise money to support the home. SeptemBEER fest features a wide variety of beers, food, and auctions. At the Annual Wine & Dine event, 200 wines are available to taste. The 14th annual Crawfish Cook-off is on April 22 at Fritchie Park. Between 50-60 teams boil crawfish for bragging rights of “Best tasting crawfish in St. Tammany Parish.” Music from several bands provides entertainment, and there is a Kids Zone. For more information, call 643-5470 or visit hospicefoundationofthesouth.org.