LAPLACE – Founded in 1991, Superior Home Health Care, Inc. is privately held and serves much of Southeast Louisiana, including the River Parish area. High quality, compassionate home care is a priority for Superior Home Health and Modern Hospice & Palliative Care, an affiliate company that has served the region for over 20 years. Common reasons for home health services include diabetes management, joint replacement, catheter / ostomy care, wound care, medication management, lymphedema treatment, IV therapy, congestive heart failure and even complications from COVID-19.
Lacey Trepagnier St. Pierre is a local representative of Superior Home Health and Modern Hospice. Born and raised in LaPlace, St. Pierre worked in wound care from 2006 to 2020. During that 14 year period, the company she worked for grew from three locations to 230 locations.
The COVID-19 pandemic ended her post for the considerable future in early 2020 when she was eight months pregnant with her third child. The break was the perfect opportunity to get closer to his family and make a career change that would have a positive impact on his life.
“I was working for a big company when COVID-19 hit. I also had my third child, and when I was looking to re-enter the workforce, I didn’t want to work for another big company. I went with a business that had a smaller family feel. That’s how I ended up with Superior Home Health and Modern Hospice, ”said St. Pierre.
According to St. Pierre, anyone who uses Superior Home Health and Modern Hospice will see first-hand how caring nurses are when it comes to working with patients and their families.
Desiree Dillon, Amanda Stansbury and Ashley Carpenter are among the friendly faces serving the parishes on the river. Managing Director Mitzi Teairfis is also keen to help patients and their families.
“It starts with the top nursing director all the way down. It’s a feeling of family that they project onto all of their patients, ”said St. Pierre. “They usually go above and beyond for each of their patients, and the people who come to those patients’ homes love what they do.”
Home care, according to St. Pierre, encompasses a wide range of health care services in the event of illness or injury. Home treatment is a convenient and often more affordable alternative to hospital care or skilled nursing care.
Superior Home Health offers individualized skilled nursing, therapeutic services and home help services in the community. A doctor’s prescription is needed to assess and treat patients. According to St. Pierre, Superior Home Health will send a registered nurse to a patient’s home to assess their condition and determine if home health services are needed.
Qualified nursing services include vital signs and blood pressure monitoring; IV therapy, antibiotics and inotropes; laboratory services; education on drugs and disease processes; wound care and dressing changes; injections; ostomy and catheter care; medical supplies and equipment; AIM / palliative program; Prevention of falls; and a congestive heart failure program.
Meanwhile, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy fall under therapeutic home health services. A medico-social social worker can be made available, if necessary.
The home support services offered by Superior Home Health may meet a patient’s needs, which may include bathing, personal care, light housekeeping, or other specialized services.
A multitude of insurance policies are accepted including, but not limited to Medicare, Peoples Health Network Preferred, Medicaid, and Worker’s Comp. A list of accepted insurances is available on www.superiorhhc.com. People who do not see their specific insurance company on the list are encouraged to call the office at 225-766-8097 to check if it is accepted.
When curative treatment is no longer possible or desired by the patient, comfort and symptom management become the main goal. Modern palliative care services are offered to patients who have been diagnosed with terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.
According to St. Pierre, Modern Hospice offers a care regimen that combines symptom management with emotional support, spiritual support and psychosocial intervention. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors and volunteers work together to meet the needs and wants of the patient as they approach the end of their life.
Patients must be assessed by a physician to be eligible. Most major insurances are accepted; however, services are offered regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
Although some mistakenly believe that palliative care is only for cancer patients, it may benefit patients with conditions such as, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, ALS , stroke and liver disease. The patient’s family is included in all decision-making while their loved one is in palliative care.
For more information on Modern Hospice, call 877-429-0210 or visit modernhomehealth.net/hospice.