General In-Patient for Hospice
If the clinical care needs of the patient increase to the point where care at home is no longer sufficient to effectively manage the patient’s pain and symptoms, then more direct clinical care by hospice staff can be provided. The hospice team has two options to meet the needs of the patient and their families.
First, the hospice may bring additional staff into the home to address the acute symptoms that require complex care management. This level of care, continuous care, provides more skilled professionals in the home for longer periods of time than routine home care. If, in the judgment of the hospice interdisciplinary team which includes the hospice physician, the patient’s symptoms cannot be effectively managed at home, then the patient is eligible for a more medically intense level of care. This is general inpatient care provided in a setting outside the home most often a hospice unit.