What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice is an approach to care that focuses on comfort. HospiceCare offers comprehensive, compassionate care for people at the end of life as well as support for their families.

Hospice Care Includes:

While we offer several levels of care, all levels of hospice services include:

  • Comprehensive pain and symptom management
  • Skilled nurses available 24/7
  • Certified Nursing Assistants to provide bathing, dressing and other personal care for patients
  • Support for family caregivers – HospiceCare nurses and social workers can help coordinate services, equipment and medications.
  • Volunteers can provide companionship and additional assistance with errands and other activities. They also can serve to give the primary caregiver a break, clean dishes, get groceries, read to the patient, or simply hold their hand.
  • Spiritual and emotional support from HospiceCare chaplains and counselors

Three Levels of Care

We know that every situation is unique, which is why HospiceCare offers three levels of care to best address the needs of patients and their families.

Routine level

Routine level of care is the care provided in the patient’s home. The HospiceCare team provides education and support to allow the family to remain the primary caregivers and support the patient’s wishes of remaining in the home.

General in-patient (GIP)

General in-patient (GIP) level of care is available when the patient’s medical condition warrants a short-term in-patient stay for acute symptom control when this cannot feasibly be provided in other settings, such as the home. These symptoms may include, but are not limited to, uncontrolled pain, shortness of breath and restlessness. Patients may go to the in-patient facility for care and once the symptom is controlled, the patient returns home to continue routine care in their preferred environment.

Respite level

Respite level of care is short-term care offered to the caregivers of hospice patients to provide rest from caregiving when there is no other support system in place. Additionally respite can assist with caregiving when the caregiver has a life event such as a business trip, family vacation, wedding, funeral or graduation that requires them to be away from their loved one for a period of time. HospiceCare nurses and social workers are happy to work with families to arrange respite care when needed.

If you have questions about hospice services, we are here to help. Below are some frequently asked questions about hospice, but you can call and speak to a member of the HospiceCare team at (304) 768-8523.

Frequently Asked Questions

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