Throughout an illness, a patient may require different levels of care. Typically, hospice patients receive routine hospice care in the home or an extended care facility. However, to receive routine hospice in the extended care facility, the patient must be privately paying for room and board, since this is viewed as a residence. Our goal is to keep patients in their home, but due to some circumstances such as uncontrolled pain or symptoms, it may be necessary to provide hospice services at a different level of care. The levels of care are listed below:
Nursing, social work, chaplain, hospice aide, homemaker and volunteer services are provided to patients in the home or extended care facility.
Nursing care is provided eight to twenty-four hours a day in times of medical crisis for pain and symptom control. This can often minimize the need for hospitalization.
Acute Inpatient Care
Hospice can provide short-term inpatient care for pain control or symptom management in a facility approved by SouthEast Hospice. If your level of care changes while under hospice services and an ambulance is necessary, it will be arranged by SouthEast Hospice.
To relieve a caregiver’s burden, Hospice will provide short-term respite care for patients in a setting other than the home. This level of care must be provided in a SouthEast Hospice- approved facility.