Friendship House News

Welcome to Friendship House!

Friendship House extends a warm welcome to everyone in the community!  Please call or stop by for a guided tour of our facility, meet our wonderful staff members, and see all of the various activities that we offer to our participants.

Friendship House is devoted to increasing the quality of life for every one of our participants.  It is truly a home away from home for them as well as for our staff!

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 Caregiver Reflection Spotlight

Friendship House- A Cenla Treasure by Duane Blackwell

As we "baby boomers" and our parents get older and grayer ( or older and balder as the case may be), the challenge of finding quality options for senior care gets tougher and tougher.  We are blessed in Cenla with a strong and vibrant array of hospitals and clinics, long-term care facilities, homecare and hospice agencies, competent and caring physicians and allied healthcare professionals.  But when my parents needed a different kind of care a few years ago, there was only one place to turn in Cenla - Friendship House.

Mom, Dad, and our family struggled with Dad's Alzheimer's Disease during his last few years with us.  Those with parents or grandparents who have experienced the affliction know the demands that it can place on both the patient and his o=loved ones.  My Dad was a great and always gentle man, but he was no match for Alzheimer's...nobody is.  Sadly, the disease is often tougher on caregivers than it is on the patient.  Dad remained happy and "tolerable" (as he always put it) right to the very end.  He never complained and he never fussed.  That's just who he was.  He was a "good" Alzheimer's victim.  The trouble was, he couldn't remember much of anything.  And as the Alzheimer's progressed, he required help with even the most basic human needs.  Mom never let on, but the toll on her health was having a cumulative effect that was impossible to ignore.  That's when we found Friendship House.

Chances are, you've at least heard of friendship House.  It's a local non-profit Adult day Care Facility, and it's the only licensed Adult Day Care facility in Central Louisiana.  It's a place for adults who need a supportive system during daytime hours, but can still live in their home or with family or friends.  It's not just for Alzheimer's patients.  For my Mom and Dad, Friendship House was nothing short of a Godsend.  Dad's been gone for nearly five years now, but I'll never forget the excellent care and loving support provided to our family by friendship House.

The rates at Friendship house are quite budget- friendly and some services are covered by Medicaid, the Veteran's Administration or by long-term care insurance.  Maybe you knoe someone who could benefit from the services provided by Friendship House.  Or maybe you'd like to help out as a volunteer.  In either event, I'm sure they'd like to hear from you. 

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 History:  Helen Derr

Friendship House was founded by Church Women United of Central Louisiana in 1982. It is now administered by a community-wide board of directors. Licensed by the state of Louisiana, Friendship House adheres to the Standard for Adult Day Health Care, prepared by the National Adult Day Services Association, a partner with American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.