How does hospice work?

Let’s examine what Hospice does and who it helps. Hospice provides emotional, physical and spiritual support for patients, family and friends faced with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Hospice services most often enable a patient to be at home or in an inpatient facility surrounded by family and friends.

How Hospice Can Help: Four Levels of Care

Routine Home Care

Routine Home Care is provided in the residential setting, usually a patient’s home or a long-term care facility, though care could be provided in a group home or any other residential setting. Hospice services are provided on an intermittent basis according to the needs, frequency and intensity identified in the Plan of Care.

Inpatient Care

Inpatient Care designed for short-term, acute needs is provided in an inpatient unit, hospital or skilled nursing facility when a patient’s symptoms cannot be managed in the residential setting with the “routine home care” level of care.

Respite Care

Respite Care provides short-term relief to a patient’s primary caregivers by transferring the patient to a Hospice inpatient unit, hospital or skilled facility for up to five days.

Continuous Care

Continuous Care is provided in a residential setting when the patient is in crisis and symptoms cannot be managed with the “routine home care” level of care. This level of continuous care may be initiated to prevent transfer to an inpatient setting.