Welcome to Notre Dame Hospice’s Caregiver’s Blog

Welcome to our Caregiver’s Blog. We’re happy you’re visiting. We provide quality, compassionate health care and support services in a Christian environment. One which respects the uniqueness of each person, promotes and enhances the quality of life, and preserves dignity in life, illness and death. We created this site for all who are caring for someone facing a serious illness. Our goal is to give you a place you can turn to find information, resources, advice and support as you experience one of the most rewarding and challenging journeys of your life.

We’d like help bring faith, hope and love to those we serve. We believe that quality of life is tied to what matters most to each person. So we focus on giving our patients the important option of how to live with advancing illness in their own way. As a caregiver, we also focus on you, helping you have the support, tools, knowledge and resources you need to fulfill this important role you’ve embarked upon.

Through our Caregiver’s Blog, we’ll share insights and experiences from those who have been in your shoes. And provide you with information on options and choices in end of life care. Our main message to you, whether you’re caring for someone with advanced illness or are facing a serious illness yourself, is that you are not alone.

We’re here to bring comfort, choices and options. We want to empower you and your loved ones to live more fully, more completely and more in control. As you consider hospice, it will help to understand how hospice care can support the many needs of your loved ones and what support hospice can offer you and others in your family. To us it is about faith, hope and love.  It is when it becomes less about the illness and more about life.

  1. Gina DiLeo is by far the most compassionate, loving, understanding, supportive caregiver I have met in my life. My family was blessed to have her as my mother’s nurse before she passed. My mom, Pat Sprague, could be having a bad day, but you can believe when Gina walked in the room, mom’s face lit up as she was so happy to see her and knew she was getting the best care she could get. Gina became part of our family and we all love her!

    Comment by Patty Tortorich on August 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  2. I visited Notre Dame Hospice the Tuesday of Hurricane Isaac to be with friends to say goodbye to their mother who had passed away, Ms. Mary Heltz. I was very impressed with the compassionate care of the male nurse who showed us to her room and the other female nurse who came in to comfort us was so very attentive to our grief. Having seen my father in a nursing home in 2001/2002, I wasn’t very happy with the care he received at that particular facility; I guess the staff there did the best they could, but truly I felt that Ms. Heltz received the best of care at Notre Dame Hospice. I just wish my father had been at Notre Dame Hospice.

    Comment by Leslie Morantine on September 6, 2012 at 1:59 am

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