End of life patient care options can be challenging depending on the patient’s unique situation. As such, different options are available for the patient and family. Depending on the severity of the situation and the circumstances, the different levels of hospice care available include routine care, continuous care, respite care, and inpatient care.
Routine Care (Hospice Care at Home)
Routine care is provided at the patient’s home. Home in this case can be a private residence, an assisted living facility or a nursing home. This level of care includes, but not limited to, pain and symptoms management, assistance with meals, assistance with light household duties and other personal care activities, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The patient’s care is managed by our hospice care team.
As part of routine care hospice, Novel Hospice Care also provides medications, home medical equipment and supplies that are related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis.
Continuous care is short-term intensive hospice care with a higher level of nursing care designed to provide relief from acute pain and symptoms. Continuous care usually happens during a medical emergency or crisis situation. This could be “round the clock” hospice care by the designated crisis team.
Respite care is short-term inpatient care for the purpose of providing relief for the patient’s caregiver. Respite care is provided at an inpatient facility and is limited to five days.
Inpatient hospice care is provided in an inpatient facility. When a patient needs short term management of pain and symptoms that cannot be controlled at home, the patient could be transferred to an inpatient facility. The patient can return home once the symptoms are controlled.