Gallagher Hospice Services
Our hospice services are provided in accordance with a personalized plan of care that is developed and continually evaluated by the patient’s primary physician, hospice team, the patients and the patient’s primary caregiver.
Our hospice professionals and caregivers provide patients and families with holistic care and services, including the following physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs:
- Nursing visits
- Symptom and paint management
- Provision of oxygen, medical equipment and supplies, as needed
- A home health aide and assistance with personal care
- Emotional support
- Spiritual resources
- Bereavement counseling
- Volunteer services
Levels of Care
Four levels of care are provided under the hospice Medicare benefit. Payment for each covers all aspects of the patient’s care related to the terminal illness, including all services delivered by the Interdisciplinary team, medication, medical equipment, and supplies.
Medicare defines the various levels of Hospice Care as follows:
Routine Home Care involves hospice services that are primarily provided wherever a patient calls home. The hospice team provides routine visits to improve the patient’s quality of life and assist with managing an illness.
General Inpatient Care is occasionally needed when a patient’s symptoms are exacerbated. An inpatient stay in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or participating hospice inpatient unit may be necessary for pain control and/or acute chronic symptom management. Once those issues are resolved, a patient can return to their routine setting.
Continuous Home Care is an additional level of nursing care in the patient’s home during crisis periods to manage acute symptoms or achieve palliation.
Inpatient Respite Care is designed to relieve the caregiver. Care is provided to a patient for up to five days in a facility, while providing the necessary rest for the caregiver.