Inpatient Hospice Care

  • Assess symptoms
  • Provide intensive symptom management
  • Maintain 24/7 care and regular visits

 Therefore, the team can manage and control the patient’s symptoms in a relatively short period (usually a few days), and the patient can go home.

Symptoms That Cannot Be Controlled At Home

In most cases, hospice care is provided for patients at home because home is the place where seriously ill patients most want to stay in a;

  • Familiar environment
  • Familiar procedures
  • Familiar faces.

All shelters must also provide inpatient care to help evaluate and manage acute, complex, or uncontrolled symptoms that cannot be provided at home or in other environments, such as,

  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath

What Is Eligible For Inpatient Hospice Care? 

Signs of hospice care requiring hospitalization may include:

  • Small procedures that help the patient’s comfort, such as,
  • Removing fluid from the abdominal area (puncture)
  • Inserting a permanent drainage tube or tube
  • Relieve symptoms with intravenous drugs that require close monitoring
  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting
  • Pathological fracture
  • Uncontrollable respiratory distress
  • Uncontrollable excitement or irritability that requires intensive intervention
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Sudden deterioration that requires intensive care intervention
  • Wound care requires complicated and frequent dressing changes that cannot be managed in the patient’s home

Where Is The Hospitalized Hospice Service Provided?

Inpatient care is provided in a facility that can provide 24/7 clinical care-usually a hospital, but nursing facilities and independent hospice homes are also provided.

The atmosphere in an inpatient hospice care environment is significantly different from that in an acute care facility. The hospitalized hospice unit is calmer and more like home. The staff is not moving quickly and often spends time talking with,

  • Patients
  • Visiting family members
  • Answering questions.

Day and night, family and friends of all ages are welcome, and overnight stays can be arranged.

Melodia’s goal is to provide extreme pain care, symptom management, and the goal is to stabilize patients so that they can go home for regular hospice care.

Inpatient Hospice Care Team
  • Assess symptoms
  • Provide intensive symptom management
  • Maintain 24/7 care and regular visits

 Therefore, the team can manage and control the patient’s symptoms in a relatively short period (usually a few days), and the patient can go home.

Melodia Inpatient Hospice Units

Melodia has multiple inpatient hospice units that specialize in providing care for acute and complex symptoms. Some are free-standing buildings; others are located in a wing or floor of another facility.

All Melodia inpatient hospice units are unique in the care and services they provide. Their design and decoration take into account hospice care patients and their families.

 For hospice patients, they are like a home away from home. The focus is on comfort and dignity, even when intensive care is needed.

 The Melodia inpatient hospice care unit is equipped with a Melodia inpatient team.

  • Melodia Inpatient team
  • Doctor Melodia makes rounds once a day.
  • Nurses provide nursing and general staff-from social workers to pastors to music therapists.

The family is included in our care.

Employees get to know their loved ones. They may help out-of-towners navigate the area or welcome the arrival of their beloved pets. They improve the quality of life of patients and families.

Our unit provides convenience facilities, for example, Family Room kitchen, Children’s play area, places for quiet contemplation or prayer, and spaces to meet the needs of multiple generations. A cup of coffee and facilities to reheat home-cooked meals are always available.

Hospice Care in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Certain patients eligible for hospice care who have been admitted to hospitals or nursing homes for emergency care cannot be safely transferred to home or inpatient care.

 In these cases, Melodia works with the patient’s facilities and attending staff to coordinate comfort-centered care, manage symptoms, and, if possible, arrange for a smooth transition to the patient’s preferred environment.

Whether in a hospital or a professional nursing facility, the Melodia nursing team will support staff to provide intensive care for patients who face difficult-to-control symptoms, allowing staff to free up time for other tasks.

Facility staff can also ask Melodia for clinical guidance and education in hospice care and help with medication management.

When security restrictions prevent members of our interdisciplinary team from entering the facility, Melodia uses telemedicine capabilities to conduct assessments, discuss care goals, and provide various integrated services.

Inpatient Care: One of the Four Levels of Care

24-hour inpatient care is one of the mandatory levels of hospice care and can be used when symptoms cannot be controlled according to Medicare guidelines.

Some patients may require a level of hospital care to help them transition from hospitalization to home hospice care. Other people receiving regular home care may experience worsening symptoms.

In either case, patients usually receive short-term (3-5 days) hospitalization until the symptoms are under control and then return home to receive regular hospice care.

Melodia provides four broad types or levels of care as defined by Medicare Hospice Benefits:

Routine Homecare:

 In most cases, care is provided in a home environment, whether your home is a private residence/family, nursing home, or assisted living community. Melodia staff visit regularly, and Melodia provides all medical equipment, supplies, and medications related to your diagnosis.

Continuous Home Care:

 When your symptoms cannot be managed at the usual level of care, Melodia can provide intensive symptom management where you have received care until these symptoms are controlled following Medicare guidelines.

Nurses and assistants provide up to 24 hours of continuing nursing shifts in your preferred nursing environment, and you can stay there as long as you can provide care safely and effectively.

General Inpatient Care:

When your symptoms or pain cannot be controlled in a home care environment, and you do not want to receive continuous home care at home, Melodia can provide a higher level of professional care in an inpatient environment until these symptoms are based on Medicare gets control guidelines.

General inpatient care can be provided in multiple locations, such as the Melodia inpatient hospice unit or in a cooperative inpatient care environment, such as a hospital or nursing home.

 Respite care:

 If needed, Melodia will provide you with up to five consecutive days of care in an inpatient setting to provide your caregiver or family with the required “breathing” or rest time.

Call Melodia to learn more about hospice and palliative care options.