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 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:
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.