LEVELS OF CARE

ROUTINE LEVEL OF CARE
Most patient care is provided in the patient’s own residence by a designated caregiver or caregivers and/or family members. The hospice team provides supportive care, including at least weekly nursing visits, and personal care, social work services, spiritual care and/or volunteer support as selected/desired by the patient and caregiver(s). Most hospice patients are under this level of care.

Routine care patients live: 

  • at home
  • in a skilled care facility like a nursing home or rehabilitation center
  • in an assisted living facility or group home
  • in an independent living community
  • in a facility setting, hospice and facility staff work together to develop a care plan that will meet the changing needs of the patient and family.

ACUTE INPATIENT CARE –
at Gilchrist Center Towson, Gilchrist Center Howard County
Round-the-clock inpatient care is provided for those patients with acute needs, including complex pain and other symptoms that cannot be controlled at home.

This patient will require: 

  • skilled observation and monitoring which may lead to changes in the plan of care
  • a complex treatment schedule
  • pain management and symptom control
  • frequent parenteral injections
  • intensive education

RESIDENTIAL INPATIENT CARE –
at Gilchrist Center Baltimore – Joseph Richey House
Round-the-clock inpatient care is provided for those patients who need of safe environment in which to live or who lack an able caregiver. Care is less intensive.

CONTINUOUS CARE
Continuous care is provided when patient’s needs are similar to those that trigger a stay at one of our acute inpatient care facilities but the patient/family chooses to remain in the home setting. Skilled care is provided for a minimum of eight hours per day in the patient’s home.

RESPITE CARE
Respite care is short-term care provided in a variety of selected area nursing facilities when a caregiver needs a rest from the demands of home care or needs to leave the home for an extended period of time. Under most insurance plans, respite care can be provided for up to five days at a time.

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