The Four Levels of Hospice Care
Hospice is comfort care brought to every patient, whether in a private home, a nursing home, assisted living community, residential care facility for the elderly, or hospice house.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has defined four types, or “levels,” of hospice care. One patient may experience all four levels, perhaps in just a week or ten days of hospice services. Another patient may experience one level of care over several months of his or her hospice care. Each level of care meets specific needs, and every hospice patient is unique.
What Are the Four Levels of Hospice Care?
Every Medicare-certified hospice provider must provide these four levels of care:
- Hospice Care at Home
- Continuous Hospice Care
- Inpatient Hospice Care
- Respite Care
Learn more about each type of hospice care below:
Hospice Care at Home
Hospice care at home is the most common type of hospice care. VITAS supports patients and families who choose hospice care at home, wherever home is. Routine visits from a home hospice care team ensure comfort and dignity. Diagnosis-specific equipment, supplies, and medication are provided at no cost.
Continuous Hospice Care
When medically necessary, hospice providers must offer continuous hospice care. At VITAS, we call it Intensive Comfort Care®: 24/7 hospice care to manage patients’ acute symptoms and avoid hospitalization until routine services can resume.
Inpatient Hospice Care
If symptoms cannot be managed at home, VITAS inpatient hospice care provides 24/7 support until the patient can return home. Our cozy inpatient hospice care facilities offer the support of an acute-care facility with homelike amenities.
How VITAS Can Help
With 40 years of leadership in hospice and palliative care, VITAS offers:
- Personalized care plans by patient's diagnosis
- Interdisciplinary care teams
- Therapy, emotional and pastoral support
- Grief and bereavement services
Call VITAS to learn how we can help you.Call VITAS at 800.582.9533