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What Is Hospice

What is hospice?

Hospice care is specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during an advanced illness through medical, spiritual and emotional support services. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. The goal of hospice care is to enable you to have an alert, pain-free life and to make each moment of remaining life as full and as comfortable as possible.

In the words of Dame Cicely Saunders, one of the founders of the modern hospice movement, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can to not only help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”

Many of our patients, after experiencing the comfort of hospice care, wish they would have called sooner. We can give you the care and support you deserve now—why wait?

Four levels of Hospice Care

Four levels of hospice care are provided to patients as indicated by their individual needs.

  • Routine Care – most hospice care falls into this category
  • Continuous Home Care – provided during a period of crisis and only in the patient’s private home. A period of crisis is a time when the patient requires the higher level of “continuous care” for at least 8 hours in a 24-hour period of time to achieve management of acute medical symptoms.
  • Inpatient respite care – provided to relieve family members or other caregivers that are caring for the patient at home. Respite does not require a worsening of the patient’s condition. Respite care is short term (no more than 5 consecutive days) and must be provided in a contracted Medicare-certified hospital or skilled nursing facility that has 24-hour nursing.
  • General Inpatient Care (GIP) is available for all patients who are in need of pain control or symptom management that cannot be provided in another setting. Once stabilized, the patient returns to a routine level of care.
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