Of the 115,000 persons involved in hospice care in America, some 95,000 are volunteers. Each year volunteers give more than 5 million hours to helping dying persons and their families.

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A Brief History of Hospice and Hospice of Leesville

With time and the advance of medicine, birth and death were transplanted to a new and often strange and intimidating environment: the modern hospital, where family members were merely guests and control rested with unknown health professionals.

In the 1970’s while acknowledging the many benefits of modern medicine, a group of clergy, healthcare workers and other thoughtful people began wondering whether these advances, by depriving the natural dying process, might also rob individuals and their families of dignity in death. Out of their concerns hospice care was born in the United States, and the natural process of dying was returned to the home.

Hospice has experienced extraordinary growth since then, with more than 3,500 hospices now serving people in every state of the union and the District of Columbia.

Bringing death out into the open and making sickness and loss a time of sharing and remembrance is difficult. And while the hospice experience may not be for everyone, those who choose hospice find the specialness of caring for a loved one and the richness of sharing memories of youth, trials and joys a rewarding experience never to be forgotten.

Dame Cicely Saunders (founder of the first modern hospice, in London in 1968) summed up the hospice philosophy best when she told her patients: "You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." Hospice of Leesville, Inc. was established by Sylvia and Ricky LaCour and incorporated in the state of Louisiana in September 2000. Since that time, we have cared for nearly 2000 individuals with life-threatening conditions and their families.

Hospice of Leesville, Inc. has the longest record of continuous service of any hospice in Sabine, DeSoto, Winn, Vernon and Grant parishes. We are a certified provider of the Medicare and Medicaid hospice benefit.

In 2010 Hospice of Leesville became a partner with the Veterans Administration in providing quality end of life care for our Nations veterans through the We Honor Veterans program.

Hospice of Leesville, Inc. is an affiliate of both the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.