What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a type of health care that focuses on pain and symptom management during the end–of–life journey and at death. It also provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Each patient’s care is unique—hospice is personalized and provided wherever the patient is, whether that is a private residence, assisted living facility, hospital, or other location. Hospice caregivers travel to the patient and their family to provide care.

Hospice is designed to support the patient and family. It does not attempt to cure a disease, but rather to relieve symptoms and pain in order to promote comfort and improve a patient’s quality of life. Through in-home visits, check-in calls, or care provided at our inpatient centers, our hospice team supports patients and their caregivers, whether they are family, nursing home staff, or professionals in an assisted living facility or hospital.

Common Questions

What Can I Expect From Hospice?

Accentcare offers levels of care for every stage of the hospice journey. The patient’s clinical status and specific needs determine which level of care they qualify for, and the hospice team and patient’s attending physician help determine which level the patient will receive and where they will receive it. Patients may transition through different levels of care depending on their medical needs and where they are on their journey.

Who is Eligible for Hospice?

What Are the Levels of Care?

Routine Home Care
Provided by hospice team members who visit the patient and their family in their home, wherever that may be.

Continuous Care
Through constant care, nurses and certified nursing assistants provide support in the home or facility to help manage and ease out-of-control symptoms.

General Inpatient Care
Provided at one of our inpatient centers or in a hospital or skilled nursing facility for patients who have uncontrolled pain or symptoms that can’t be managed in another setting.

Inpatient Respite
Care Up to 5 days of care at one of our inpatient centers or a contracted facility to give the family or caregiver a rest.

Featured Services

We are dedicated to providing the right care at the right time. Our featured services are designed to improve quality of life as part of our hospice and palliative care plan.

Four Levels of Hospice Care

The levels of hospice care are meant to help patients achieve their goals of care at different points in their journey.

Not all patients require the same level of care. The appropriate level of hospice care is based on the patient’s specific needs and clinical eligibility, established through the patient, family, hospice physician and attending physician collaboration. Patients may qualify for higher levels of care for certain lengths of time depending on medical needs.

Inpatient Care

Length of Stay
Short-term | average length of stay is hours to days

Location
Nursing home, hospital, or hospice inpatient center (IPC)

Reasons
Patient is having uncontrolled symptoms (i.e. pain, respiratory distress, vomiting, bleeding)

Transfers
Physician determines when patient is stable for transfer, and hospice social worker coordinates transfer to a home, assisted living facility, or nursing home ( i.e. Routine Hospice with family)

Continuous Care

Provided by hospice team members who visit the patient and their family in their home, wherever that may be.

Through constant care, nurses and certified nursing assistants provide support in the home or facility to help manage and ease out-of-control symptoms.

Routine Care

Provided by hospice team members who visit the patient and their family in their home, wherever that may be.

Respite Care

Up to five days of care at one of our inpatient hospice centers or a contracted facility to give the family or caregiver a rest. 

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