Occasionally, your loved one who is receiving hospice care may require a brief, inpatient stay at a facility equipped to stabilize their condition. We can help with the transfer to a contracted facility.
Purpose of Inpatient Care
Short-term inpatient care allows hospice patients who are in acute distress – and whose condition cannot be properly controlled at home – to stabilize their condition and relieve discomfort. This may include any uncontrolled pain, vomiting, bleeding, breathing difficulty, or severe agitation. In these cases, a brief stay at a facility equipped to handle end-of-life patients in crisis can make all the difference when it comes to easing the suffering of your loved one.
Where Inpatient Care Is Delivered
The contracted facility we use for general inpatient care will have the equipment, technology, staffing, and resources necessary to properly care for your loved one in their moment of crisis. It may be a stand-alone hospice house, or an inpatient hospice unit at a hospital or nursing facility. Rest assured that whichever facility we use, it will be equipped to address acute symptom flare-ups in hospice patients. An additional benefit for your loved one is that inpatient hospice units are so much more calm, soothing, and similar to a home setting than a typical medical facility.
Length of Stay
Short-term general inpatient care for hospice patients typically lasts just a few days: 3 days or less in the vast majority of cases.
What Happens Next?
After a patient’s condition is stabilized and symptoms are under control, they will be able to return home for their hospice care. We will work with you and the inpatient care facility we contract with to ensure the transition there and back is smooth, streamlined, and as uneventful as possible. Our goal, as always, is to ensure the comfort and well-being of our hospice patients – including before, during, and after they receive general inpatient care.
At Concord Hospice in Sherman, Texas, we are dedicated to providing compassionate care to individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness who no longer respond to aggressive curative treatments. Our healthcare team members are expert end-of-life providers and will ensure your loved one is as comfortable as possible. This includes acting quickly and effectively in the event of moments of acute distress.
Call Concord Hospice at (469) 906-2000 to find out more about how we help hospice patients requiring short-term general inpatient care. You can also request more information now, and we’ll get back to you.