Levels of Care

General Inpatient

Definition
Special care is necessary for pain control and/or symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in the patient’s home setting.

Examples
Uncontrolled pain, intractable nausea, respiratory distress, severe skin wounds, or other problems beyond the caregiver’s ability.

Length of Care
Short term, usually a few days to two weeks.

Reimbursement
Set Medicare rate covers room & board, while eligibility is met.

Respite Care

Definition
Available to current Hospice patients. Provides time for caregiver rest and for caregiver to be relieved of duties for a temporary period of time.

Examples
Caregivers themselves become ill or would benefit from a rest period of the day-to-day duties of giving care.

Length of Care
Generally short term and dependent on room availability.  Patients may elect to pay the daily room and board rate to reside in Serenity Home.  There is no limit to the length of care as long as the criteria for Hospice admission continue to be met.

Reimbursement
Set Medicare rate covers room & board, while eligibility is met.

Routine Care

Definition
End-of-life care for patients with a limited prognosis who cannot, or do not wish to stay in the hospital or in their home.

Examples
Patient/family may choose to remain in the Serenity Home for care.

Length of Care
Pending bed availability in Serenity Home. Short term. Patients will be evaluated every 72 hours for appropriate care.

Reimbursement
Room & board rate is the responsibility of the patient and/or family.

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