What are the 4 levels of hospice care?

Hospice is not a one size fits all service, because every patient is different. In general there are 4 levels of hospice care:

1)Home Hospice Care – Most basic level of care

2)Continuous Hospice Care – Higher level of care of at least 8 hours per day

3)Inpatient Hospice – Used when certain symptoms cannot be adequately cared for at home

4)Respite Hospice Care – 5 day limit to give the family and care takers a break

Hospice care is a compassionate and holistic approach to caring for terminally ill patients. It’s also an affordable, cost-effective option that can help you maintain your family member’s comfort throughout the end of life process. Hospice care providers offer four levels of service to meet the needs of each patient and their families at different stages.

  1. At Home Hospice or Routine Home Care – Home care is a crucial part of hospice. Basic home care includes routine tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and transportation. It might not be what you would expect from the word “care” but it’s vital to keep patients living at home as comfortable as possible. These services are available to people with Medicare who live in their homes, or those who have certain disabilities that prevent them from leaving their house for basic needs such as grocery shopping or going to doctor’s appointments. This program also helps pay for other things like bathing or dressing someone who cannot do these independently. Home care depends on the individual and may include anything from light meal preparation to medical supplies that help your loved one continue living in their own house!
  2. Continuous Hospice Care -Continuous home care is available during times of crisis when a higher level of continuous care is needed for at least eight hours in a 24-hour period to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. Fifty percent of the care needed must be provided by a registered nurse, allowing you to live as independently as possible and maintain dignity.Continuous home care is available during times of crisis when a higher level of continuous care is needed for at least eight hours in a 24-hour period to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. Fifty percent of the care needed must be provided by an RN, which will allow you to live as independently as possible and maintain dignity.You can rest assured knowing that, during times of crisis when a higher level of care is needed for at least eight hours in a 24-hour period to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms, we offer the best continuous home care. This service is available 50% of the time and provided by nurses who are dedicated to making your loved ones comfortable.
  3. Inpatient Hospice – Inpatient care facilities are available for those patients that have short-term symptoms so severe they cannot get adequate treatment at home, or may feel more comfortable getting treatment in an inpatient facility.
  4. Respite Hospice Care – Respite care services are a temporary option for families who cannot give their loved one the quality of care they deserve. If a family member is not capable of providing continuous or inpatient care, but need some relief and time for themselves, respite care may be an appropriate solution.

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