What is Hospice?
Hospice offers medical care toward a different goal: maintaining or improving quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured. Each patient’s individualized care plan is updated as needed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often accompanies terminal illness.
Hospice care also offers practical support for the caregiver(s) during the illness and grief support after the death. Hospice is something more that is available to the patient and the entire family when curative measures have been exhausted and life prognosis is six months or less.
Levels of Care
ROUTINE HOME CARE:
The basic level of hospice care. This service is provided to patient who reside in long term care facilities such as assisted living communities, personal care home and skilled nursing facilities.
CONTINUOUS (CRISIS) CARE IN THE HOME:
This level maybe provided to patient at home during a period of crisis when acute medical symptoms require more intensive care than is provided in routine home care. Such level of care must be provided for a minimum of 8 hours during a 24-hour period.
When discomfort and other symptoms cannot be managed well at home. This level of care is provided Medicare licensed skilled nursing facility to bring the symptoms back under control.
This will be provided at times, when patient/family/caregiver needs a short period of relief. This is offered on “as needed” basis for a maximum of 5 days per admission.