The practice of offering 24 hour care is called crisis care (CC), and is a level of care that all hospices must offer if receiving funding from Medicare. Continuous home care is to be provided during periods of crisis to maintain the loved one at home. When medically appropriate, hospice team members work in shifts of up to 24 hours for varied periods to help patients remain at home through a difficult time, rather than be admitted to a hospital.
This intensive level of care is appropriate when the patient, or family, is having a difficult time managing the care, and includes the following:
We understand at the end of life is when hospice is most needed and try our best to be there at the time of transitioning. We have a dedicated CC team with RNs, LPNs, and Certified Nursing Assistants that have training in this level of care. Chaplain/Social Workers are also available during this time to meet the holistic needs of the family. It is our goal to provide comfort, maintain dignity and allow the family to be a part of this process as much as they desire.