At times, a hospice patient may require inpatient care when their symptoms worsen or can no longer be managed successfully at home. When pain or symptoms cannot be controlled with routine hospice care, the patient will require extra assistance or more advanced medical attention until the symptoms subside.
Alliance Hospice takes diligent actions to control these symptoms to make the patient comfortable and safe. In order to accomplish this, the patient may need to be temporarily placed in a hospice home, hospital or acute care facility. At this “inpatient” level of care, a real-time assessment of the patient’s condition and their symptom status will be evaluated and a proper course of action will be taken in order to regain symptom control. The hospice care team and the patient’s physician(s) work together to ensure the patient achieves and maintains a tolerable level of comfort. Once pain and symptom management have been achieved, the patient can return home and resume routine hospice home care.
Typically, Inpatient Hospice Care is performed for a brief period of time that is necessary to manage acute symptoms in a clinical setting with a 24-hour nurse on staff. It may be required for certain procedures that require a higher level of nursing care to manage pain or symptoms.
Alliance has special arrangement with local hospitals and other accredited facilities where patients are able to receive the necessary care when their needs cannot be provided for at home.
What Symptoms May Require General Inpatient Care?
Some examples of symptoms that may require general inpatient care include unrelieved severe pain, severe nausea and vomiting, severe shortness of breath, anxiety or panic attacks. General Inpatient Care is a short term level of care where nurses are available around the clock to administer medications, implement treatments, and provide emotional support to make the patient more comfortable.
Where is General Inpatient Care Provided?
There are three types of facilities that may offer inpatient hospice services:
- Hospice Home
- Long Term Care Facility
Since inpatient care is considered short term, once a patient’s symptoms were under control and they were comfortable, they would return home and back to a Routine Level of Care.