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Shreveport hospice center offers services after relocation of Grace Home

The Aime Hospice Center Shreveport location in the 8900 block of E Kings Hwy. (Source: Google Maps) The Aime Hospice Center Shreveport location in the 8900 block of E Kings Hwy. (Source: Google Maps)

With CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier's Grace Home closing and relocating by July 1, another Shreveport hospice center says they are prepared to accept terminally ill patients to help pick up any slack in the community.

CHRISTUS confirmed earlier this month that Grace Home's services will be relocating to their Highland Medical Center and the Grace Home building will now become a home for the health system's inpatient rehabilitation unit.

The health system's CEO said this was a move to bring more acute care to the terminally ill patients Grace Home housed.

“Moving Grace Home will also allow us to better and more quickly provide for the acute care and any medical complications of our Grace Home patients inside the hospital," CEO Isaac Palmer said.

CHRISTUS billed Grace Home as the only community residential hospice of its kind in Northwest Louisiana, but representatives from Aime Hospice Care say they offer the same services and are willing to accept any terminally ill patients in light of Grace Home's relocation.

Aime leaders also told KSLA they've now begun hiring some of the old staff members at Grace Home.

"To my knowledge, Aime Hospice is the only option now of a free-standing inpatient unit. We're lucky to have even hired some of the nurses that were formerly from Grace Home so we not only have the same home-like atmosphere but we have many of the same staff too," said Aime Hospice Care Shreveport Sales Director Brian Underwood.

Aime Hospice Care, according to its website, offers 24-hour medical care and support as well as private patient rooms.

"Any symptom that can't be managed at home or that needs 24-hour care," said the Shreveport center's executive director, Robin Hill.

Both Hill and Underwood also told KSLA they also don't want cost to be a factor keeping people away.

"Medicare, Medicaid, private insurances, most of the time, there is no cost to the family," said Hill.

Aime leaders also said each private room comes with its own patio. The center also holds an outdoor walk with a fountain and gazebo as well as a library, a playroom and a chapel. Those services, Underhill said, are also for the care of the families of patients.

"Instead of having to run around and worry about Mom or Dad's medications and things like that, you now get to hold their hand again," he said. "It's a gift of time. You can pause. You can love again."

The Aime Hospice Care Shreveport center is located in the 8900 block of East Kings Highway in Shreveport and they also have a center in the 100 block of MBL Bank Drive in Minden.

Anyone interested in the services of the Shreveport Aime center can call them at 318-861-2150.

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