Four Levels of Care
At Hospice Care of South Carolina, excellent care comes from the heart. We are honored to provide you and your family with the end-of-life care you deserve. Nothing is more valuable than life. We’re committed to ensuring that your loved one’s last days are filled with as much love, and as little pain as possible.
To help us ensure this promise, there are four general levels of hospice care that we base our patient’s needs on. This system allows us to serve our patients in the setting that best suits them. During a patient’s hospice care, some or all of these may be used. The four levels of hospice care are listed below.
Routine Home Care
Routine Home Care is the most common level of hospice care, allowing the patient to live at home and receive services at their residence. This includes private residencies, assisted living facilities or nursing facilities.
Respite Care is designed to offer temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver, and is limited to five days at a time. This service can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility.
Continuous Care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s home. This type of care varies between 8 and 24 hours a day, being furnished during brief periods of crisis. Continuous Care service is intended to help manage pain, acute medical symptoms or patient crisis.
General Inpatient Care
General Inpatient Care is used to manage pain or crises that are not able to be managed in the patient’s home. This includes hospitals, hospice residence facilities or nursing facilities. This level of care is provided as determined by the Hospice Medical Director.