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Levels of Care

Routine Home Care

Routine home care is provided wherever a patient calls home. This includes nursing homes, assisted living and independent living residences, as well as traditional home settings. It is the most common level of hospice care. During routine home care members of the transdisciplinary team provide care and support to patients, families and caregivers as well as necessary treatments, durable medical equipment, supplies and medications related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis.

General In-patient

General in-patient hospice care is provided to patients for pain control and acute or chronic symptom management that cannot be managed in other settings. For more information about the general in-patient level of care, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Continuous Care

Continuous home care is provided during periods of crisis as necessary to allow a terminally ill patient to remain at home. Continuous care consists of nursing care on a continuous basis in the patient’s home setting. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations, care is provided a minimum of eight hours during a 24-hour day and may not be continuous (e.g., four hours could be provided in the morning and another four hours in the evening). A need for an aggregate of 8 hours of primarily nursing care is required. For more information about continuous care, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

In-patient Respite Care

In-patient respite care is provided on a short-term basis to patients receiving care in a traditional home setting. This level of care is provided on an occasional basis and in an approved healthcare facility. For more information about respite care, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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