Levels of Care
A routine hospice care day is a day on which an individual who has elected to receive hospice care at their residence. Routine care includes the following core services: nursing, certified nursing aide, medical social services, spiritual, bereavement, dietary and other counseling services. Hospice physician services, in conjunction with your attending physician for the palliation and management of the terminal illness and conditions related to the terminal illness is provided. Hospice will also provide the following non-core services based upon the Plan of Care: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services, drugs and biologicals, medical supplies and medical equipment.
Hospice Continuous Care
A continuous home care day is a day on which an individual who has elected to receive hospice care is not in an inpatient facility and receives hospice care consisting predominately of nursing care on a continuous basis at their residence. Certified Nursing Aides Services may also be provided on a continuous basis. Continuous home care is only furnished during brief periods of crisis and only as necessary to maintain the terminally ill patient at their residence.
Hospice Inpatient Care
A general inpatient care day is a day on which as individual who has elected hospice care receives general inpatient care in an inpatient facility or skilled nursing facility for pain control or acute or chronic symptom management that cannot be managed in other settings.
Hospice Inpatient Respite Care
An inpatient respite care day is a day on which the individual who has elected hospice care receives care in an approved facility on a short-term basis for respite. This level of care is primarily used when the family is having difficulty providing the level of care the patient requires due to caregiver stress or other extenuating circumstance. This level of care is limited to five consecutive days at a time.