General Inpatient Care
Some patients may have symptoms so severe that they cannot get adequate treatment at home or they may feel more comfortable getting treatment at an inpatient facility. For these patients, inpatient care may be an option. Some patients may already be living in a facility that offers inpatient level of care and can benefit from its services. Others would have to be admitted to an inpatient facility.
Symptoms requiring inpatient care are the same as those requiring continuous care (above), only the setting of care may be different. With inpatient care, nurses are available around the clock to administer medications, treatments, and emotional support to make the patient more comfortable. The inpatient hospice services can be provided in a:
Hospital – A hospice company may lease a unit in the hospital to provide inpatient care. In this case, hospice trained staff would provide around the clock care. A company may also have a contract with a hospital which would allow hospital staff to provide 24 hour care with hospice staff supplementing care.
Long term care facility – As with a hospital, a hospice company may lease a unit in a nursing home or contract with the nursing home to provide care.
As with continuous care, inpatient care is considered short term and would be discontinued once a patient’s symptoms were under control and they were comfortable. If the patient was admitted to an inpatient unit, they may then be discharged back home.
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 home care, the patient will require extra assistance or more advanced medical attention until the symptoms subside.
Hospice of Grace 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.
Hospice of Grace 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:
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.