A new level of care in 2021
Hospice of Acadiana has begun construction on an inpatient hospice house, the Calcutta House, adjacent to the company’s main campus on Johnston St. The 8,500 square foot house will provide general inpatient care, respite care and some routine home care onsite to terminal patients who are unable to be cared for in a home setting.
Patients whose symptoms are too severe to manage in a private residence will have access to the facility, as well as homeless patients or those whose homes are otherwise not conducive for providing care.
“We had a team that felt like it was our obligation to step up and to provide this level of care, because we know there’s a need in our community,” said Kacee Thompson, Executive Director of Hospice of Acadiana Foundation, which is overseeing the project. “We had patients referred to us that needed that acute level of care, and as the only nonprofit in our area we would see people that may not have a home or may not have a caregiver. We wanted to be able to do whatever we could to make sure that they—that everyone—is able to receive quality care at such a significant time.”
The Calcutta House, which is expected to begin admitting patients in June 2021, is an homage to the humanitarian Mother Theresa who was known for her care for the poor, the sick and the dying throughout the world. The 12-suite facility is designed to have a home-like feel that is consistent with the local architecture and will include areas for family members to spend time, as well as a kitchen and chapel.
The facility will be staffed 24-hours daily, and nursing stations are designed and positioned for clear visibility and easy access to each patient suite at all times.
Hospice of Acadiana Foundation has engaged in fundraising efforts to finance the $2.6 million project. To date, the campaign has raised $1.3 million.