The different levels of hospice care include:
- Home care: Provided in a private home, nursing home, assisted living facility or other group home. The hospice staff offers hands-on care, assessment of the patient's condition and symptom management. They also help caregivers learn how to provide day-to-day care. Hospices services include updates about what is happening and assisting the patient and caregivers to plan for the future.
- In-home crisis care (also called continuous care): Short-term care that is available in the home when symptoms cannot be managed by the usual caregivers. Under some health insurance plans, between 8 and 24 hours of nursing support for crisis care can be provided in the home each day for a limited number of days. The hospice provider determines when such care is needed and for how long. Depending on the needs of the patient, he or she might remain at home or be hospitalized for pain or symptom management following in-home crisis care.
- Inpatient hospice care: Delivered in health care facilities such as a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility. This type of care is used to manage pain or other symptoms that cannot be addressed at home. The length of stay depends on how long it takes to control the symptoms. If needed after the symptoms have been controlled, hospice can help make arrangements for continued care.
- Respite care: Provides time for home caregivers to rest while the patient is cared for in an inpatient setting or nursing facility for up to five days.