The 4 Levels of Hospice Care
Hospice is comfort care brought to every patient, whether in a private home, a nursing home, assisted living community or hospice house.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has defined four kinds, 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 throughout the duration of his or her hospice care. Each level of care meets specific needs, and every hospice patient is unique.
Every Medicare-certified hospice provider must provide these four levels of care:
Hospice Care at Home
At VITAS we offer several key services that support patients and their families so we can provide hospice care in the place that's most comfortable: home.
Continuous Hospice Care
The practice of offering around-the-clock hospice care at home is known as “continuous care.”
Inpatient Hospice CareIf a patient's needs cannot be managed at home, VITAS inpatient care provides hospice around the clock until the patient can return home.
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