Levels of Care

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Hospice patients may require differing intensities of care during the course of their disease. The Medicare Hospice Benefit affords patients four levels of care to meet their clinical needs: Routine Home Care, General Inpatient Care, Continuous Home Care, and Inpatient Respite Care. Payment for each covers all aspects of the patient’s care related to the terminal illness, including all services delivered by the Interdisciplinary team, medication, medical equipment and supplies. Nearly ninety-seven percent of hospice care is provided at the routine home care level.

Levels Of Care

Four levels of care you are entitled to receive

Routine Home Care

The basic care

Routine Hospice Care is the most common level of hospice care. With this type of care, an individual has elected to receive hospice care at their residence, which can include a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing facility.

Continuous Home Care

At your home

Continuous Home Care is care provided for between 8 and 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms. Continuous home care services must be predominately nursing care, supplemented with –caregiver and hospice aide services and are intended to maintain the terminally ill patient at home during a pain or symptom crisis.

General Inpatient Care

Pain control

General Inpatient Care is provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in any other setting. General Inpatient Care begins when other efforts to manage symptoms have been ineffective. General Inpatient Care can be provided in a Medicare certified hospital, hospice inpatient facility, or nursing facility that has a registered nursing available 24 hours a day to provide direct patient care.

Respite Care

A break in caregiving

Inpatient Respite Care is available to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver. Respite care can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility that has sufficient 24 hour nursing personnel prese

While hospice patients may be admitted at any level of care, the progression of their illness may require a change in their level of care. Although the Medicare Hospice Benefit is designed to offer patients care where they live (including nursing homes), a hospice will help transfer a patient to inpatient care if necessary for pain and symptom management.

Our Circle of Care

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Our Circle of Care depicts the continuum of care rendered by our hospice professionals and trained volunteers working together as a team 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to assess and meet your needs—and your loved ones’ unique needs—as the end of life draws near.

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