During an end-of-life journey, a patient may have uncontrolled symptoms that cannot be managed in their home or facility. Care in a Seasons inpatient center (IPC) allows eligible patients to come to a location where they can receive around-the-clock care from hospice professionals. Typically, patients stay for a short period of time (from hours to days) until their symptoms are brought under control. Because hospice care supports both patients and families, patients may also come and stay at an inpatient center for a set amount of time while their at-home caregiver takes some time to recharge.
Seasons operates our own inpatient centers in select locations. We also provide inpatient care through our partnership with many hospitals and skilled care facilities in our communities, so no matter where you are this care is available to you.
Our Inpatient Centers
Our centers are designed with the comfort of patients and families in mind, and families may spend unlimited time with their family members (restrictions due to COVID-19 may apply). This is an important time for caregivers to be with their loved one, and Seasons provides a kitchen, family space, WiFi, and other amenities for the use of families, including areas meant specifically for children.
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Diagnosis, Care Team and Stay
Our focus is on the patient and family and their individual needs. Seasons’ highly skilled interdisciplinary care team is present at the IPC: doctors, nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, therapists, chaplains, volunteers, and a music therapist.
A patient may qualify for a short-term stay at an IPC for several reasons, including uncontrolled pain, decreased blood pressure, decreased urine output, intractable nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, respiratory distress, decubiti or other complex skin lesions/wounds, other symptoms that are unmanageable at home (active seizures, active bleeding, etc.), need for respite care (up to 5 days), and if there are unmet skilled needs in the patient’s home because the family is not able to provide these skilled needs. Physicians who would like to apply for and receive hospital privileges may care for their patient at any time. They continue to bill under Medicare Part B.
The number of days the patient may stay at the IPC for inpatient level is based upon the need for an unmet skilled need/symptom management. A plan will be developed to address discharge planning once symptoms are controlled and the caregivers will be included in this discharge plan. The average number of days a patient is at a IPC is 5-7 days.
Discharge from the Inpatient Center
Our IPC staff work closely with the patients and families to assist them with discharge planning. The hospice team will continue to care for patients and families when they leave the IPC while the patient remains on the hospice program. If any new uncontrolled symptoms develop, the hospice team will coordinate a return to the IPC as appropriate.