Mission Hospice provides hospice care to patients in homes, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly. Routine care is Mission Hospice’s standard level of care, which patients will receive care that has been scheduled in the care plan designed by the Mission Hospice staff and patient’s family to have the patient as comfortable as possible towards the end of their life expectancy.
If a medical crisis occurs, and symptoms need a higher level of care at Mission Hospice; team members working with conjunction with the patient and their family, may increase the care to numerous options to manage the crisis.
One of the options available at Mission Hospice is Continuous Care, where one of our nurses would provide a minimum of eight hours of care in a day to manage the symptoms depending on if the patient meets the criteria assess by the RN Case Manager; so that the patient may stay in their setting rather than being transferred to an emergency room. Continuous Care may be provided in any setting except an acute care facility. Some of the symptoms that are exhibited that qualify as patient to be on continuous care are uncontrolled pain, severe respiratory distress, seizures, and other distressing symptoms.
Mission Hospice can provide shifts of hospice staff for brief periods of time at home. If the patient has symptoms that are not easily controlled or managed with the current plan of care.
Sometimes the pain or symptoms can become so uncontrollable that they cannot be managed on routine level of care at home or in a retirement community. If this situation is to ever happen, arrangements may be made for the patient to be transferred or admitted into inpatient care at a skilled nursing facility.
In inpatient care, the patient is transferred to a nursing facility that Mission Hospice has a contract with many long-term care facilities where patients may receive necessary inpatient care to address needs beyond what can be safely managed at home; however, depending on availability of a bed, placement time varies.
Family taking care of a patient at home is common with many hospice situations. Mission Hospice staff is mindful and respect the need for family members take it upon themselves to care for their terminally ill relatives. At Mission Hospice, we provide respite care where we give short-term impatient care for the patient while the family can take some time to rest.
Respite care may be provided in a home or nursing facility to allow family members to leave the care giving area whenever it may be necessary.
This benefit is limited to 5 consecutive days at a time and provides a brief “respite” for the patient’s primary caregiver by admitting the home care patient to a long term care facility for that time period.