Levels of Care

There are three levels of care provided at the SECU Hospice House.

General Inpatient Care (GIP)

General inpatient care is available to all hospice patients who are in need of pain control or symptom management.

Pain control may include:

  • Frequent evaluation by a doctor or nurse
  • Frequent medication adjustment
  • IVs that cannot be administered at home
  • Aggressive pain management
  • Complicated technical delivery of medication

Symptom control may include:

  • Sudden deterioration requiring intensive nursing intervention
  • Uncontrolled nausea or vomiting
  • Pathological fractures
  • Open wounds requiring frequent skilled care
  • Unmanageable respiratory distress
  • New or worsening delirium

General inpatient care is short-term care and is not intended to be custodial or residential. Once a patient’s pain is managed and symptoms are stabilized, the patient must return to a hospice routine level of care.

Residential Care

Residential care is offered to patients who are in need of routine hospice care. The patient lives at the hospice house and receives care from our staff so that their personal caregivers and family can enjoy time with their loved one rather than deal with the stresses of around-the-clock care.  There is a room and board fee for this type of care that is not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances.

Respite Care

Respite care is a short term stay at the hospice house for patients already enrolled in a hospice program who are being cared for at home.  The stay is up to 5 days per hospice certification period.  Our goal is to prevent the caregiver from developing physical and emotional stress that can interfere with their ability to provide care to their loved one.