At Transitions HospiceCare we strive to help patients and families remain in their homes. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons it is not always possible for patients to continue their hospice care at home. The William M. Dunlap Center for Caring (Hospice Home) offers three levels of care: general inpatient, short-stay routine, and respite.
Hospice Home Features
Patients’ care teams work with the patient and family to determine if a stay in the Hospice Home is appropriate. Services are provided regardless of diagnosis, gender, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay.
The GIP level of hospice care is of very short duration, usually less than one week. Your care team will help the patient and family determine if this is the appropriate level of care. Medicare, as well as some insurance plans, covers costs for this level of care.
If General Inpatient level of care is not needed, but the patient is at the end of life and does not have anywhere to live, or is without a needed caregiver, admission to the Hospice Home may be appropriate. Patients will be charged for room and board, as well as for medication and medical supplies that are not related to comfort or to their terminal illness.
Respite care is of short duration, typically five consecutive nights, and is covered by Medicare. It allows caregivers to have a break from caregiving duties of hospice patients who are at home.
Some of the amenities at Hospice Home include:
- Most patient rooms open to the outside with patios
- Unrestricted visiting hours
- Patient rooms accommodate a limited number of overnight guests
- Fully equipped family kitchen, living room and playroom
- Onsite sanctuary for spiritual needs
- Family office with wireless internet
- Laundry facilities for family members
- Landscaped outdoor areas
- Pets with proof of vaccinations can visit
- Friends and family may visit 24/7
- Nurse to patient ratio average is 5:1 and certified nursing assistant ratio is 6:1.