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Hospice House Levels of Care

The following levels of care can be provided at The Good Shepherd Hospice House:

Residential Care: Residential Care is simply the day to day hospice care that individuals receive at The Good Shepherd.

  • A hospice client may move to the hospice house simply because it is their desire to reside at The Good Shepherd. The decision may also be based on caregiver issues or any of a number of factors considered by the client and/or family.
  • Homecare Hospice does not make it a practice to move current hospice clients residing in their home or another facility to the hospice house unless it is at the client or family’s request.

Respite Care: Respite Care is short term inpatient care provided to hospice clients to relieve family members or other persons caring for the individual at home.

  • Medicare and most insurance pay to give the caregiver a break from the 24-hour task of caring for a loved one. Respite care allows the client’s caregiver up to five (5) consecutive days “off” from taking care of the client.
  • Respite care is a service that is designed to be used for a specific need and may be utilized only on an occasional basis.
  • Respite care is paid for as long as the intent is that the client will be returning home after five (5) days.
  • If after a few days, the caregiver decides that they can no longer care for the client at home, the client and family have two options to consider: To utilize Residential Care at The Good Shepherd Hospice House or to make other arrangements, i.e. to relocate to a nursing home or alternative care location.

General Inpatient Care (GIP): General Inpatient Care (GIP) is made available to all hospice client’s who are in need of pain control or symptom management that cannot be provided in any other setting.

  • GIP is considered short term care because the team’s job and overall goal is to get the client’s acute symptoms to a controlled level within 24-48 hours.
  • When the client’s symptoms have been managed for at least 24 hours, the doctor will order a discharge of the client to the Residential Care level if that client chooses to remain at The Good Shepherd. It is the client’s choice whether he/she wants to stay in the hospice house, go back home with care, or move to a nursing home.

For more information about these levels of care, or about The Good Shepherd Hospice House in general, please feel free to call us at any time at 785-537-0688.


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