General Inpatient Care may be required for patients with more complex care needs. In this scenario, the patient is transferred to a hospital, nursing home, or a residential hospice facility for more intensive medical or nursing care.
Reasons for General Inpatient Care include uncontrollable pain, unrelenting nausea and vomiting, severe shortness of breath, seizures, or other problems that cannot realistically be managed in the home. Our physician Medical Directors meet with families, assess needs and carefully monitor our General Inpatient residents. The goal for most patients is to return home when their symptoms are stabilized, or the care needs become less technical. As a result, inpatient stays covered by Medicare or insurance are fairly short-term.
Services provided by hospice include:
- Bathing and personal care by a certified nursing assistant
- Regular visits from the Nurse Case Manager, Hospice Chaplain, Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator
- Hospice-trained and certified volunteer support
- Family bereavement services
- Medical equipment and supplies
Hospice services are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, private insurance, private pay or through charitable care. This care is provided to all in need of our services regardless of age, sex, race, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, citizenship status, veteran status, illness, handicap, disability or ability to pay.
Hospice does not mean giving up hope! It is possible that a patient will improve, resulting in discharge from hospice services. Or the patient or caregiver might decide to stop hospice care to seek aggressive, curative treatment. Hospice services can easily be resumed, if needed, at a later time.