St. Margaret’s Hospice, which provides end-of-life care in New Orleans, presented 96-year-old patient Bernice Bozant with a laptop and tech accessories Sept. 10 as a part of its Lifetime Wish program. Bozant was the first to benefit from the program, which grants wishes, large or small, to St. Margaret’s Hospice patients. Bozant says she will use her gift to communicate with friends and family and to share her faith.

“Mrs. Bozant indicated that she missed using her desktop. She said she would really like a laptop, but she was unable to purchase one,” said Lara Marrero Guidry, executive director of St. Margaret’s Hospice.

“Hospice care focuses mainly on the patient’s medical needs, but we’ve come to realize that other needs are just as important,” Guidry said. “Through the Lifetime Wish program, we strive to create a positive end-of-life experience for both the patient and their family that is not tainted by financial concerns.”

St. Margaret’s Hospice patients and their families are given a Lifetime Wish application upon admission. They can ask for anything, from their favorite meal to a meet-and-greet with their favorite actor. In an effort to surprise the patient, the staff will then work with the patient’s family to determine the best way to present the wish.

To help grant a Lifetime Wish for a St. Margaret’s Hospice patient, visit stmhospice.org or call (504) 373-5923.