Hospice Associates Blog

Hospice Volunteering: The Gift of Giving and Receiving

- Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Have you ever wondered what hospice volunteers do and did you know that all hospice agencies are required to have a volunteer program?


Hospice Associates Honors Our Veterans

- Friday, March 27, 2015

Hospice Associates of New Orleans is member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and partner of their “We Honor Veterans” program.  The program provides hospice providers with specialized training and resources to honor, support and care for our country’s veterans and their families.  ..

Grief in the Workplace

- Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Grief affects all of us at different times and places in our lives. The workplace is not untouched by grief. Grief in the workplace occurs when you or a co-worker has experienced a personal loss or a workplace loss such as a death. It is important to remember that everyone grieves differently and everyone needs time to adjust to the loss. Click here for some tips to help you and your co-workers cope with your grief, including ways to remember your co-worker and ways to support other coworkers and employees. ..

Hospice Care: What was accomplished in 2014 and what to expect in 2015?

- Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you a hospice advocate?  Do you work in hospice care? Are you or a loved-one considering or receiving hospice care?  ..

Living with a Serious Illness

- Thursday, February 19, 2015

When someone is diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, their life changes forever. You may notice that people treat you differently – by trying to shield you from unpleasantness, withdrawing from you because they are uncomfortable with illness or “smothering” you with constant attention.  ..

Hospice Associates Partners with NeedyMeds to Help Our Community Access More Affordable Medications

- Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Over the past few years, Hospice Associates has partnered with NeedyMeds.org to help bring our community more access to medications.  We have distributed thousands of cards at community health fairs, area hospitals, doctor’s office, clinics and more.  Many are using the card and have seen some significant savings.

Do I have to be a Hospice Associates patient to use the card?

Absolutely not!  The card can be used by anyone who chooses to use it to save cost on medications and supplies at the pharmacy. Hospice Associates is just a community partner helping to bring awareness of this resource to the community.

How does it work?

Save up to 80% on prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, medical supplies and pet prescriptions purchased at pharmacy if written as a prescription.

Always free — no fees or registration

Can be used by anyone — no financial, age, or residency restrictions

Anonymous — no personal tracking

Accepted at over 63,000 pharmacies nationwide

Use as often as needed

Never expires

Share with friends and family

Are there limitations?

The only rule is that you can’t combine it with insurance. So if you’re uninsured, you can use it anytime you are purchasing a medication out of pocket.

If you have health insurance, the card can fill in the gaps in your coverage. For example, if you have any medications not covered under your insurance or if you have a high co-pay or deductible, you could try using the card instead of your insurance.  If you have Medicare prescription coverage but are in the gap and have to pay out of pocket, you can use the discount card.

There are many ways that you can make use of the drug discount card. You can use the card yourself and share it with your family and friends! One family could use the same card and it never expires. You can even ask the pharmacist to add the card to your records so that it is on file if you decide to use in the future.

How is the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card different than other free drug discount cards I have seen at my doctors office, grocery stores, etc.?

There is major difference between the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card and the many others you have likely seen elsewhere. NeedyMeds does not request any personally identifying information from the pharmacy. One word: Anonymity!!  NeedyMeds does not collect and sell personal data to healthcare marketing companies as is typical with other drug discount cards. Use the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card it in complete confidence. You will not receive marketing telephone calls from other companies trying to sell additional services or be added to marketing mailing lists when you use NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card. 

Can I use NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card if I already have another discount card?

Absolutely!! It is always your choice which free drug discount card you choose to use.  If you have a different card and want to switch to NeedyMeds for personal data security, just present your new card to the pharmacy and ask them to update your records with your new preferred NeedyMeds card.

Are you using a NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card?

If you are not, it’s time to print out your free card and start using it today! Print out a card right from our website that is ready to use and be brought to the pharmacy.  Click here to print your own card or stop by our office for a plastic wallet card for your family.

One more thing….Be on the Alert for NeedyMeds Look-Alikes

Some websites claiming to be NeedyMeds charge a fee for access to assistance programs. Don't be fooled.

Are there other ways NeedyMeds can help me with healthcare savings?

Absolutely! Visit their website or call them to learn about other programs such as patient assistance programs, free and low cost clinics, MRI/CAT Scan discounts and more. Call

The toll-free helpline at (800) 503-6897 or visit their website for easy to find details at www.needymeds.org.

How can I talk to someone NeedyMeds and ask more questions?

If you have questions about NeedyMeds Drug Card or need assistance, simply call NeedyMeds toll-free helpline at (800) 503-6897.


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

- Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life ..

Mesothelioma Awareness & Palliative Care

- Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that arises in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Its only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a cancer-causing mineral that was widely used in the U.S. as an additive to construction materials. 

Most patients are diagnosed when the disease has already reached an advanced stage, because symptoms of mesothelioma often take decades to appear after the initial exposure to asbestos. 

Symptoms vary according to where in the protective lining the cancer first arises, but typically include pressure caused by fluid buildups, painful swelling and fatigue.

Palliative and Hospice care plays a very important role in the treatment of mesothelioma patients, especially those with an advanced diagnosis. It relieves the pain and discomfort caused by symptoms and allows patients to focus on living life on their own terms.

For more information on awareness, patient and caregiver support and resources, visit www.mesotheliomagroup.com. 


Steps for Healing the Wounds of Grief

- Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The experience of each person’s grief is as unique as a snowflake.  There is no set timetable for bereavement and you should not feel the need to rush through your grief.   Bereavement is a journey that takes time and involves experiencing the pain of the loss, adjusting to an environment in which your loved-one is not present; and reinvesting yourself in new and continued relationships.  Some say we never stop grieving the loss of those dear to us, but we can take steps that help the ease the pain, clear the confusion, and end the isolation that often follows and help begin to heal the wounds of grief.   ..

Professional Social Work Month - March 2014

- Friday, March 07, 2014


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