We strive to understand our patients’ unique life experiences and create a plan of care that honors and supports their journey. Our services are designed to improve quality of life and are considered part of hospice care. They are available at no additional cost to our patients and families. Our services are intended not only for our patients, but also their family members and caregivers as they support the patient on the end-of-life journey.

Levels of Care

The level of hospice care that is right for a patient is determined based on the patient’s specific needs and clinical eligibility, established through a conversation between the patient, family, hospice physician, and the patient’s attending physician (if the patient has an attending physician). Patients may qualify for higher levels of care for certain lengths of time depending on medical needs.

The four levels of hospice care are meant to help hospice patients with their goals of care at different points along their hospice stay. Not all patients will be medically eligible for each level of care. Please contact us if you have questions about the four levels of hospice care.

Short-Term

(average length of stay is hours to days)


Location

Nursing home, hospital, or hospice inpatient center (IPC)


Patient is having uncontrolled symptoms (examples includes pain, respiratory distress, vomiting, bleeding)


Physician determines when patient is stable for transfer and hospice social worker coordinates transfer to a home, assisted living facility, or nursing home (Routine Hospice with family)

Short-Term

(average length of stay is 24-48 hours)


Location

Assisted living facility, nursing home or home


Physician determines that a nurse is required to stay with the patient for a few hours to frequently medicate and reassess the uncontrolled symptoms

Long Term

Location

Assisted living facility, nursing home or home


Primary caregiver: family, assisted living or nursing home staff provide care and medications


Hospice team visits and oversees the plan of care


Patient has terminal disease but has care plan in place for comfort

Max 5 days

Location

At contracted nursing home


Nursing home staff care for patient while family has a “respite” period


Respite is scheduled by hospice social worker

Contact us to learn more about our services or levels of care