Levels of Care
As defined by Medicare, there are four levels:
Routine Home Hospice Care
Most hospice patients are managed under this level of care. Hospice team members visit routinely, as determined by your unique needs. We visit patients in their home and assisted living or nursing facility.
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General Inpatient Care (also referred to as symptom management)
When pain and symptom management require intense and/or complex medical care, we provide the inpatient level of care. We contract with area hospitals, but most patients come to Coastal Hospice at the Lake for short-term symptom management.
Patients may need continuous care during periods of crisis to remain at home. A period of crisis is a time when a higher level of nursing care is required to manage symptoms. In this case the patient does not want to move to an inpatient setting. Care does not have to be "continuous" but usually totals more than eight hours in a day. Routine home care resumes once the patient is comfortable.
Respite Inpatient Care
This helps when a caregiver needs a break from the demands of home care or needs to leave the home for a period of time. We can provide respite care for up to five days. Respite care can be given at a number of nursing facilities and at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.