If the patient does not meet criteria to qualify them for inpatient care but the family is having a difficult time, respite care may be an option. If a patient’s family is the primary source of care and cannot meet the patients needs due to caregiver stress or other extenuating circumstances, a patient may temporarily be admitted to our Hospice House to give the family a needed break or respite. Respite is covered by most Hospice benefits and should be scheduled with your home hospice nurse or social worker. Respite care is limited to five consecutive days at a time. Once that period expires, the patient would return home and resume hospice home care.

You will need to bring your current medications, and you may bring clothing and other personal care items. Visitors may arrive as they wish and are welcome to stay overnight, as each room offers a pullout couch and recliner. Children are welcome as well; there is a play room available. Also for visitors, is a community kitchen, which is stocked with snacks and drinks free of charge. Pets are welcome as well; please schedule this with Hospice House staff. Meals are provided to patients and may be purchased by visitors, please check with staff for special request and availability.

* These guide lines are outlined by the Medicare rules and regulations for inpatient hospice care. Click for more information.

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