Levels of Care

Levels of Care

Medicare and many other insurance carriers provide four level of hospice care, based on the patient’s medical status:

Routine Home Care

This is the most common form of hospice care, delivered in a patient’s home, skilled nursing facility or assisted living in partnership with family and other caregivers. The hospice benefit pays for care delivered by hospice staff, medicines, equipment, and supplies related to the terminal illness. While most hospice care is delivered to people at home in the community, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also eligible to receive hospice care.  Hospice delivers a set of well recognized, high quality services at the end of life to patients and families which builds on the care provided by the nursing facility staff. Hospice adds its expertise to help address physical and emotional symptoms, and provides additional personal care necessary because of a patient’s advanced illness.

General Inpatient Care

This is short-term care delivered in Good Shepherd’s Inpatient Center or the hospital when the patient’s medical needs are too complex to be managed in any other setting. Once symptoms are stabilized, patients are transferred to a routine home care setting. 

Respite Care

This benefit provides ongoing care in a facility for up to 5 days to allow family caregivers a break. For example, many patients and families use respite care to attend a family event, take a short vacation, etc.

Continuous Care

This is short-term, skilled care provided in the home setting to manage a symptom crisis with ongoing care by hospice nurses and aides. Once symptoms are controlled, care returns to the usual home care level.