Inpatient Care Locations
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care contracts and partners with many hospitals and long term care facilities in our communities to provide Inpatient Care.
A Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center provides a caring environment where patients can get help for their symptoms. It is a place where loved ones may spend hours or days with the patient, providing the warmth and comfort that family and friends can offer.
The cost to stay at the Inpatient Center is paid 100% by Medicare/ Medicaid and most insurance companies for a qualifying short-term stay. When a patient no longer meets the requirements to stay at the Inpatient Centers, but they and/or the family want to extend the stay, and they have the means to pay, then a private pay rate may be negotiated with the Inpatient Centers.
Hospice will pay for transportation to and from home and the Inpatient Center. Also, medical equipment, medical supplies and medications related to the patient’s diagnosis are covered and provided for the patient during the qualifying stay.
Diagnosis, Care Team and Stay
At the Inpatient Centers, the focus is on the patient and family and their individual needs. Seasons’ highly skilled interdisciplinary care team is present at the Inpatient Center: doctors, nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, therapists, chaplains, volunteers, and a music therapist.
A patient may qualify for a short-term stay at the Seasons Inpatient Centers 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 Seasons Inpatient center is 5-7 days.
Discharge from the Inpatient Center
The Seasons Inpatient Centers staff works 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 Inpatient Centers while the patient remains on the hospice program. If any new uncontrolled symptoms develop the hospice team will coordinate a return to the Inpatient Center as appropriate.