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Routine Home Care:
The hospice team is an interdisciplinary group of professionals including nurses, physicians, social workers, spiritual counselors, and bereavement coordinators. During home visits, their goal is to make sure that the patient’s physical needs are met, and that emotional and spiritual support is provided. Routine home visits also allow for assessments of patients’ status and any changes in needs, as well as education for family and caregivers to help them understand the hospice process. Members of the hospice team work together to ensure that patients have access to all available resources so they can stay comfortable and at peace.
Continuous Home Care:
A medical crisis can sometimes require a higher level of clinical care to manage acute medical symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or unmanageable pain. A nurse or hospice aide can supplement care to enable patients to return to stable routine home care; however, general inpatient care may be recommended depending on the severity of the crisis.
General Inpatient Care:
If a patient has medical needs that cannot be managed at home, the hospice benefit includes 24 hour-care at a skilled nursing facility or hospital for short-term, crisis level situations. The goal of inpatient hospice care is to control severe pain and symptoms so that the patient can return home to their family and familiar surroundings and resume routine hospice care at home.
Respite care gives caregivers a break from physical and emotional stress. Unlimited respite care is offered for five consecutive days at a time so that caregivers can recover from illness, physical or emotional exhaustion, or take time to attend an important or required life event. The hospice patient will receive the same level of at-home care within a respite-approved facility while caregivers take a much needed break.