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Last Updated on June 7, 2021 by Frank Davis
The majority of the time, unless it is a emergency, hospice nurses do not stay overnight. It is one of the main goals of hospice care to minimize pain and symptoms while increasing comfort levels. Normally this is successfully achieved by the nurses visiting periodically on a weekly basis. Therefore, with the pain and symptoms under control, it may not be necessary for hospice nurses to stay overnight because they have accomplished their goal.
Does hospice stay overnight? In normal circumstances, the answer is no. There are two ways in which hospice will stay overnight with the patient. A common scenario is when an individual is experiencing pain and symptoms that are not manageable by routine nursing care. When this happens, the client is then transferred to hospice level 2 continual home care. Depending on the severity of the condition, it might range from minimum 8 hours to 24 hours of care. A second reason why hospice stays overnight is when a patient has reached the final stages of their life and is transitioning.
Unless is those two reasons hospice will not cover overnights. But hospice nurses are always on call if the patient’s condition changes. So if an emergency happens the nurses will go to your house as needed. We recommend that you give your hospice provider a call for any changes in condition.
For further information regarding hospice care or if you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (818) 433-0068.