Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care. Patients can
receive care in several settings. Many patients prefer to receive
hospice care in their own homes. In those cases, home care team members
visit on a scheduled basis and are also on-call for urgent needs.
Individuals residing in nursing homes, or extended care facilities,
are also eligible for hospice home care. Hospice staff coordinates care
with the facility staff, and provides pain and symptom management
services as well as emotional and spiritual support.
The St.Vincent Hospice inpatient unit is available for intensive
symptom management or short-term crisis care. Inpatient care might be
necessary for physical symptoms, such as pain, nausea, vomiting,
agitation or respiratory distress, which have not responded to treatment
The patient can also use inpatient care when family or caregivers are
unable to care for the patient at home due to physical or emotional
limitations or exhaustion. Stays in the inpatient unit are generally
brief. The patient usually returns to the home setting when the symptoms
or situation are under control. If the patient is unable to return
home, the hospice assists with alternative placement.
Respite care in the St.Vincent Hospice inpatient unit is available
for short-term stays (usually five days or fewer) to give the caregivers
a break from 24-hour responsibilities. This allows family members or
caregivers an opportunity to rest or participate in planned activities
or family responsibilities.
The St.Vincent Hospice inpatient unit provides residential care on a
limited basis subject to availability. Patients who do not meet criteria
for inpatient care, yet desire care in the inpatient setting, can use