The level of hospice care that is right for a patient is determined based on the patient’s specific needs and clinical eligibility, established through a conversation between the patient, family, hospice physician, and the patient’s attending physician (if the patient has an attending physician). Patients may qualify for higher levels of care for certain lengths of time depending on medical needs. The four levels of hospice care are meant to help hospice patients with their goals of care at different points along their hospice stay. Not all patients will be medically eligible for each level of care. Please contact your local hospice office if you have questions about the four levels of hospice care
Patient is having uncontrolled Symptoms (examples includes pain, respiratory distress, vomiting, bleeding). Physician determines when patient is stable for transfer & hospice SW coordinates transfer to Home, ALF, or NH (Routine Hospice with family).
Physician determines that a nurse is required to stay with the patient for a few hours to frequently medicate and reassess the uncontrolled symptoms
Patient has terminal disease but has care plan in place for comfort. Hospice Team visits and oversees the plan of care.
Temporary care, providing relief for usual caregivers.