Levels of Care
When To Consider Hospice
You may want to consider hospice care if:
- You have a disease or illness that is expected to shorten your life.
- Your physician states that curative treatment is no longer a viable option.
- Treatment that tries to cure the disease or prolong your life has become more of a burden than a benefit to you.
- You desire to focus on comfort vs cure.
- You would like to spend your remaining life as comfortable as possible in a setting that you choose, such as your own home.
- You want family and friends to participate in your care.
- You want your loved one who has a serious illness to die comfortably at home.
- Changes in quality of life is noticed such as increase hospitalization and increased dependence on others for activities of daily living.
What You Should Know About Levels Of Hospice Care
Levels of care describe the changing clinical needs of the patient. The patient’s hospice nurse assesses patient status at the time of admission. Assessment and documentation by the hospice staff identifies the appropriate level of care.
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Routine care is general hospice care provided in a patient’s home. This can be at a private residence, in a nursing home or wherever the patient calls home. Routine hospice care includes pain and symptoms management, team support and regular visits by hospice staff. Non-skilled services are provided by family or paid caregivers.
Respite care is available to give a needed break to family and caregivers. Care is usually provided in approved hospitals or long-term care facilities and can also be supported in a hospice inpatient unit. Respite care may extend to a maximum of 5 days in a row.
General Inpatient Care
Inpatient Care is provided when a patient needs greater pain and symptom management than can be provided at home. Care is provided in approved hospitals or a dedicated hospice inpatient unit where patients care receive expert 24-hour support.
Continuous care is offered only during periods of crisis to maintain a patient at home. This level of care is appropriate when symptoms are not well controlled and the patient requires predominately nursing care to achieve palliation of symptoms. A patient who is imminently dying does not necessarily qualify for this level of care.