The Ins and Outs of Crisis Care for Hospice Patients
Our previous blog post explained the ins and outs of routine home care, which is the most basic level of hospice care offered. To continue with our series, we’re diving deeper into the next level of hospice care – crisis care – to provide additional, valuable information and explain how it differs from the three other types.
As a reminder, the four types of hospice care include:
- Routine Home Care
- Crisis Care*
- General In-Patient Care
- Respite Care
Looking at the types of hospice care from a high level, crisis care generally falls one step “above” routine home care, which means more care services and more severe hospice health needs. At Wesley Hospice, our goal is to not only assist you in understanding the different types of care, but to help you determine which type is best for you and your family.
An Inside Look at Crisis Care
Crisis care is hospice care that is offered in shifts, or around the clock within a patient’s home rather than a facility. The main qualification for crisis care is the existence of an acute crisis. Crisis care is usually designed to support and honor a patient’s and family’s wishes to remain in the home. As a result, this provides the necessary services to tend to a patient’s symptoms until the crisis is averted or the patient peacefully passes away.
Symptoms and Qualifications That Indicate a Need For Crisis Care
A variety of symptoms and diagnoses may indicate an immediate need for crisis care within a patient’s home. These include uncontrollable bleeding, severe pain, and respiratory distress. The most important aspect of crisis care to note is that a patient must be experiencing a pain or symptom crisis to qualify for this type of service. If a patient’s symptoms are already being managed, crisis care will not be approved.
Support Options Within Crisis Care
Crisis care is far more intensive than routine home care, so the support services are more clinical in nature. Support services are generally under the direction of a registered nurse, with some delegated to hospice caregivers and aides. Crisis care includes having qualified and licensed staff with the patient on a more regular and consistent basis to provide the necessary care and attention.
Crisis Care at Wesley Hospice
At Wesley Hospice, our team of trained, registered nurses and clinical support staff are well-versed in providing exceptional crisis care. We are always happy to speak with you directly to provide more information on this type of care and to work with you and your loved ones to formulate the best care plan focused on dignity, respect, and peace of mind. Give us a call today.