The Denver Hospice provides all four levels of hospice care (as defined by Medicare) to meet the needs of patients and their families.
Routine Hospice Care
Routine hospice care from The Denver Hospice is provided in the comfort and security of the patient’s own residence, whether that is a private home, skilled care facility, assisted living community or group home. A hospice nurse works with the individual’s primary physician to assure the appropriate services are available. Our clinical hospice team also works with caregivers to help them feel comfortable in performing routine care activities.
Respite care is provided when day-to-day care for a loved one with advanced illness becomes physically and emotionally demanding. The Denver Hospice provides respite care to hospice patients to give their caregivers short-term relief and assure quality, attentive care for the individual. Respite care also steps in when personal or family business requires the patient’s caregivers to leave town for a few days. Respite hospice care is usually provided at a skilled care facility.
Continuous Care (Care Plus)
Advanced illness is often accompanied by severe symptoms that change over time. The Denver Hospice offers continuous care—also called Care Plus—in the home setting to help manage these symptoms and enhance comfort. This type of care is provided for a set number of hours per day for a few days.
General Inpatient Hospice Care
When managing symptoms becomes too complex for the home setting, general inpatient hospice care offers the best solution. This type of care involves a short-term stay in a hospice care center, or skilled care facility, so we can provide 24-hour skilled nursing care. At The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry, our highly trained staff provides intensive medical, nursing, spiritual and supportive care to meet each individual’s unique needs. The length of stay is determined by our Inpatient Care Center physician and staff. Most insurance policies cover room and board for this level of care.