St. Anthony's Home
St. Anthony's Home is an assisted living residence for people who require support due to being disabled from HIV/ AIDS, sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. St. Anthony's Home has been in operation for 23 years.
The philosophy of St. Anthony's Home is based on the Christian idea of service and respect for the dignity of every individual. This demands sensitivity to human suffering, respect for the integrity and sacredness of the human person, compassionate concern for human infirmity and an abiding interest in the care of the whole person, especially persons with AIDS. Residents are supported with case management services, mental health counseling and assistance with negotiating the complex medical, financial and social service systems.
St. Anthony's Home strives to provide quality care that will help residents maintain their integrity, self-esteem and identity and to enable them to accept their illness with peace and with dignity.
St. Anthony's Home believes in the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin or sex.
St. Anthony's Home believes that the medical, social, physical, psychological and spiritual needs of each person should be fulfilled.
St. Anthony's Home believes that the resident's care is improved in an environment where staff development and learning take place. Staff participation in community activities relating to HIV/AIDS is encouraged.
St. Anthony's Home bases its beliefs on the principles of Gospel teachings, Christian Charity, moral and ethical practices as defined by the Catholic Church today.
To become a resident of St. Anthony's home, a person must:
- Have a verifiable AIDS diagnosis or HIV related disability
- Be in need of a place to live
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be able and willing to live in a group setting
A resident at St. Anthony's can expect:
- To live in a clean, comfortable environment
- To have food regularly available
- To have normal utilities available (electricity, water, pay phone)
- To have a furnished private room with shared bathroom
- To have around-the-clock staff available for assistance
- To have assistance in monitoring medications
- To have assistance in monitoring medical care, whether with a private physician or hospice
- To have assistance with social service agencies through referral and advocacy
- To have his/her privacy honored within the limitations of a group living situation
- To have his/her integrity and identity respected
A resident cannot expect St. Anthony's home:
- To provide or administer medications or other medical services (St. Anthony's Home is not a medical facility, it is only a residence)
- To provide food or shelter to guests
- To assume responsibility for any loss or theft of personal belongings at St. Anthony's Home
- To provide storage for personal belongings that will not fit easily into the resident's bedroom
A resident at St. Anthony's home will be expected:
- To contribute toward his/her living expenses as he or she is able.
- To perform as much of the routine cleaning tasks of the Home as his/her physical condition will allow
- To maintain responsibility for his/her own money, personal hygiene and medical care (including making and getting to medical appointments and obtaining and taking prescribed medications)
- To eat at least two meals per day and to bathe regularly
- To be willing to live cooperatively with other people
- To attend regular house meetings with the other residents
- To notify a staff member when leaving the home and the approximate time of return, phoning if out beyond a specified hour
- To abstain from using illegal drugs or abusing legal drugs
- To seek counseling if a psychological or substance abuse problem arises
- To refrain from violence toward self and others
- To be responsible for the conduct of his/her visitors
- To bring no weapons to the home
- To bring no animals to the home
Attention social workers and discharge planners: download your St. Anthony's Home Resident Application Form.
If you have questions about the application, please call Dolly Williams, LCSW at (225) 923-1389. A completed application can be faxed to (225) 216-2726 or mailed to 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.