The Four Levels of Care

  • Routine Home Care

    Routine Home Care is provided wherever our patient calls home. This may be in a nursing home, an assisted or independent living residence, or in the traditional home setting.

    Routine Home Care is the most common level of hospice care. During routine home care, our interdisciplinary team provides care and support to our patients, their families and caregivers. Under routine home care, necessary treatment; Durable Medical Equipment (DME), supplies and hospice approved medications related to the patient’s hospice diagnosis are provided. Our team will also help train caregivers how to provide day-to-day care.

  • Continuous (Crisis) Care

    Continuous home care is provided during periods of crisis as necessary to allow a terminally ill patient to remain in their residence. Continuous care provides more intense care in the patient’s home environment. A nurse and/or a home health aide will remain in the patient’s home environment between 8-24 hours per day to administer hospice approved medications, treatments, and support until the symptoms are under control. Continuous care is considered a short term level of care and is reevaluated as needed.

    Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care are:

    • Unrelieved Pain
    • Severe Nausea and Vomiting
    • Severe Shortness of Breath
    • Anxiety or Panic Attacks
    • Breakdown in the Primary Caregiver Support System
  • General In-Patient

    General In-Patient hospice care is provided to patients residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) for pain control and acute or chronic symptom management. It is also considered a short term level of care and would be discontinued once our patient’s symptoms were under control and they were comfortable.

  • Respite Care

    This level of care is used more for the family and or caregiver than for the patient.

    If our patient does not meet criteria to qualify them for Continuous Care or General In-Patient Care, yet the caregiver is having a difficult time and is unable to meet our patients’ needs due to stress or other extenuating circumstances, our patient may temporarily be admitted to an In-Patient environment to give the family/caregiver a needed break. Respite care is limited to five consecutive days at a time. Once that period expires, our patient would be discharged back to home.

Spiritual Care

Our staff at St. Jacob Hospice understands what it means to tend to the body, mind, and spirit. While our clinical staff tends to the physical body, our spiritual counselors tend to the emotional and spiritual body, no matter your belief system.  We provide an interfaith approach  for all of our clients and their families.

What is spiritual care? Spiritual care is about healing the soul. Through compassionate counseling we tend to the human spirit, helping it work through the many challenges we encounter through the act of living, our goal is to nurture fulfillment, peace, and harmony during the course of end of life care.