Hospice House

The story of the Foundation begins in a most humbling way. When local Hammond businessman Richard Murphy was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1982, he wanted to live his remaining days in the familiar surroundings and comfort of his home. Since the area did not have a bona fide hospice provider, Richard’s family, friends and medical team learned about hospice care and established the first hospice network in Hammond, Louisiana.Following Richard Murphy’s death, and the exposure it created for hospice care, the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation was established to create a funding mechanism for families of the terminally ill who wanted hospice care, but did not have the insurance or funds for hospice care.

The Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of community and business leaders who have been touched by hospice care for their family members or friends. Today, the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation has grown to be one of the largest non-profit foundations in Southeast Louisiana. Each year through its fundraising efforts, the Foundation provides funding for hospice care for terminally ill patients who do not have the means to pay. It is the mission of the organization to ensure that everyone who has a desire for hospice care will receive the care they deserve during their final days.

Important Information

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Admission Criteria

Evacuation Policies

Admission Criteria
House and Visitor Rules

The purpose of the Richard Murphy Hospice House is to provide a safe and comfortable haven for hospice patients who are without primary caregivers, and /or is at risk in their current home environment, if such home exists at all.

The house is supported by the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, a private, non-profit organization and offers the following services:

  • 3 private suites with bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Family room
  • Meditation garden
  • Patio
  • Library
  • Pet visitation
  • Management by Registered Nurse
  • Specially Trained Volunteers
  • Certified Sitters
  1. Prior to application for residency at the Richard Murphy Hospice House, an individual must be admitted to an approved certified Hospice Agency. This agency will subsequently be referred to as the Primary Hospice Agency (PHA).
  2. The Interdisciplinary Team of the PHA shall meet to discuss the needs of patients and explore all possible support systems before applying for residency at the Richard Murphy Hospice House. After all resources have been exhausted, a member of the Interdisciplinary Team will consult with the patient and family to determine his/her wishes regarding residency at the Richard Murphy Hospice House. If the patient and family is in agreement, the PHA and/or family should apply for residency to the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation.
  3. The request for residency must be submitted to the Administrator of the Richard Murphy Hospice House.
  4. Admission for residency will be made based on room availability. If a room is unavailable, the application will be kept on file. Admission is prioritized to support individuals who are most “at risk” in their current environment, and have met criteria for admission to the PHA. Admission for residency is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation is a private foundation that has the right to make all final decisions regarding acceptance for residency.
  5. The PHA is responsible for overseeing all aspects of hospice care. The Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation’s sole responsibility is to provide residence for the Hospice patient. Richard Murphy Hospice volunteer assistance and/or certified nursing assistance will be available 24 hours a day to serve as primary caregivers, if needed, under the direction of the House Administrator.
  6. Before residency is granted the PHA patient or legal representative must sign a written residency agreement statement, which outlines the Richard Murphy House rules.
  7. The family must provide documentation that the hospice patient is free of any infectious airborne disease.
  8. If the resident is discharged from the PHA another residence must be located within 72 hours and the bed made available for another hospice patient in need. An alternative residence must be stated at the time of admission.

The house and visitor rules of the Richard Murphy Hospice House are designed to ensure the comfort and safety of all residents. It is important that each resident, significant other, and visitors be sensitive to the needs of the other residents residing in the home at all times. The Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation reserves the right to ask any resident or significant other to leave the home if the house rules are broken or if the resident, significant other, and or visitors exhibit any behavior that threatens the well being of other residents in the home. In order to ensure the success of our mission of providing the patient with a comfortable home and experienced care – the following policies must be adhered to. Any action, on the part of a visitor, that usurps our rules and may possibly jeopardize the comfort or well-being of any resident (including family members), will result in the eviction of the visitor and possibly cause the resident to be discharged from the Hospice House.

  1. Visitors are welcome between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. There will be NO admittance to Hospice House after 9:00 p.m. Visitors will be asked to leave by 9:00 p.m. Of course, there will be extenuating circumstances that may make it necessary for a visitor to be there before or after visiting hours. If a friend or relative plans to visit before or after visitation hours, the House Administrator must be notified so that the caregiver on duty can greet them at the door so as not to disturb the residents who may be sleeping. ALL guests are required to sign in and out (with times) when visiting.
  2. Families are welcome to gather for meals in the dining room. Please reserve the room for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc to ensure that the room is available. Please note: Hospice House provides food for residents only. With the exception of coffee and water, visitors must supply their own refreshments.
  3. Residents are encouraged to bring items from home to personalize their room. Large heavy furniture is not allowed due to limited space. A bulletin board will be available in each resident’s room for pictures, etc. Please do not nail items to the walls. Please label all items with the resident’s name in the event the item becomes misplaced. The Richard Murphy Hospice House is not responsible for any money or valuables left in the home. Valuables should be left in a secure place other than the Hospice House.
  4. No weapons or illicit drugs are allowed on the premises.
  5. No one is allowed to visit if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  6. No unruly behavior, swearing or vulgar language shall be used in the house.
  7. Visitors and residents are prohibited from smoking anywhere in the Hospice House, including the patient room. Ashtrays are provided on the patio for your convenience.
  8. No violence is tolerated. All conflicts should be brought to the house Administrator ASAP for resolution.
  9. No property destruction or altering the physical construction of the premises will be tolerated.
  10. Any visitor that interferes with the well being of another resident may be asked to leave the house.
  11. TV in living area is for common use. Please be considerate when there are multiple families present. No loud, distasteful, vulgar, obscene, satanic, or suicidal music shall be played in living area.
  12. Washing machines and dryers are available for use by residents. Residents and their significant other may use the laundry facilities as needed. It may be beneficial to label all clothing and linens in the event that they become misplaced.
  13. The house kitchen is available to all residents. Families and significant others are encouraged to bring in food preferences for the resident. If you do not want items to be community property please label with resident’s name. The resident and/or significant other are responsible for cleaning the kitchen after use. Visitors shall not eat in the bedrooms. The proper dining area should be used.
  14. One pet per resident is allowed in the residence room only during visitation. Pets are not allowed in general living areas. Pets must be up to date on shots, without infestations, no history of aggression, and house trained. Residents must supply any pet supplies and food required for their pet. If another resident has a pet allergy or a respiratory condition that is aggravated by dog or cat hair, the pet will have to remain outside the house. The Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation has the right to restrict any pet from the home.
  15. A list of names of individuals that will be allowed to visit the resident will be requested upon admission to the house. This list will be allowed to be amended.
  16. The resident will be assigned an identification number to be used by the resident’s family and friends when entering the house for security purposes.
  17. Quiet time is from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Visitors with extended visitation rights are asked to refrain from loud talking and loud noises during the quiet time for consideration of the other residents.
  18. Rooms should be kept neat and tidy. It is the resident’s space, but it needs to have organization to the room.
  19. Appropriate clothing should be worn in the living area. Shirts and shoes must be worn by visitors at all times.
  20. If anyone is caught stealing a resident’s items, it is grounds for immediate dismissal of visitor and the proper authorities will be immediately notified. The situation will then be evaluated by the Richard Murphy House Administrator and Board of Trustees. That individual may not be allowed back into the house.
  21. All personal belongings left behind without making special arrangements with the house director, will be considered “not wanted” by family and will be discarded or given away.
  22. For any resident or visitor that fails to comply with the rules, consequences will be at the discretion of the Administrator and / or Executive Board.
  23. Visiting children will not be left unattended by the visiting adult at anytime. If the visiting adult leaves the house, the visiting children shall leave with them.
  24. Large families will need to limit 5 family members/ friends per visit spread out during the visitation times. Please remember to allow the resident time to rest. Visitation times should be limited to no more than 1 hour per visit. Multiple visits during the day are acceptable.
  25. The temperature setting on the air-conditioning and heating thermostat in the common area shall be set by the House Administrator and/or designated person in charge. Resident’s rooms are individually zoned and may be adjusted as necessary.
  26. Phone usage should be kept to a minimum due to shared phone lines between residents. The phone lines do permit long distance phone calls free of charge, but please keep to a minimum.
  27. Any items or medications not covered by the PHA, is the responsibility of the patient or family. In addition, any special items that the patient would like to have such as cigarettes, snacks, alcohol and such is also the responsibility of the family or patient.