While you are receiving hospice services, there are four levels of care that can be provided.
Routine Home Care
The most frequently used level of care. Services include physical, spiritual and emotional support to the terminally ill patient and their family in a home setting or facility. The goal is for the hospice team to work with family caregivers to manage pain and symptoms and provide support without crisis intervention.
This is a short-term level which can be used on an occasional basis to provide relief to the caregiver for up to five days in a contracted facility. The patient continues to receive the same services they receive at home and returns home at the end of the respite period.
This level of care is provided during brief periods of crisis. The goal is to prevent hospitalization for patients residing in their own homes through skilled nursing services that span a minimum of eight hours in a twenty-four hour day. This level of care is contingent on staffing availability.
General Inpatient Care (GIP)
This level of care is used for times when there is a crisis brought on by symptoms that are not well controlled. GIP Care is provided in a contracted skilled nursing facility, hospital or our Hospice House where there are registered nurses on site 24-hours a day. It is intended for short-term use and the duration is determined by the time needed to manage the patient's pain or other symptoms.
The Hospice House
Our Hospice House, located on Stetson Road in Auburn, was specifically built to provide short-term GIP level care. The facility is designed and staffed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for managing pain and other end-of-life symptoms. The 14 private patient suites can accommodate overnight stays by family.