Inpatient Hospice Care: How Does It Work

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Last Updated on September 10, 2021 by Frank Davis

A nursing home or facility is normally the setting for general inpatient hospice care. There are many reasons why families prefer to have their loved one reside at an inpatient hospice rather than at home, such as religious or personal beliefs. The advantage of inpatient hospice care is that it is often less expensive than paying a full-time caregiver to care for your loved one at home, which is a great solution for many people. In most nursing homes, there is an on-site nurse to provide care and supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This article will explore how hospice care can be received in an inpatient setting, and how it works.

How Does Inpatient Hospice Work

To fulfill the needs of each patient, inpatient facilities generally have their own staff of trained home health aides, certified nursing assistants, and registered nurses. As a benefit, round-the-clock nursing care is available for those who need it. Patients are taken care of for all the non-medical needs such as dressing, changing linen, preparing the meals, giving medications, offering oral hygiene, and so on. The focus of hospice care, on the other hand, is almost exclusively medical, and it works closely with the staff in the facility to ensure that patients receive the best kind of care.

It is important to point out that hospice services are provided in addition to the care provided in a healthcare facility. The services include same day delivery of medications, medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, oxygen, walkers), and medical supplies (such as incontinence supplies, latex gloves, bedpans). During the hospice care period, everything that is needed related to terminal illness will be supplied to the patient and hospice services will be covered 100% by the Medicare, Medical and Private Insurance companies.

As part of our services, we have an interdisciplinary team of professionals who are equipped to handle the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the care that we provide. There are a variety of team members involved in this program including doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, home health aides, and volunteers. They each have a significant role to play in helping to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible by reducing her or his pain and symptoms.

Further Reading:
What Is Not Covered Under Hospice Care

Room and Board

If you receive hospice care in a nursing home or in an inpatient hospice facility, there is one important point you need to keep in mind, that Medicare does not cover your room and board costs. If you end up living in an inpatient facility, you will be responsible for the room and board costs associated with that. There is no set price for the cost of the room, however, based on whether it is private or shared, as well as the location of the facility, the monthly rate may range from $2,500 to $5,000.

On the other hand, for those who have Medical/Medicaid insurance, it is possible for the cost of room and board to be covered. As far as this is concerned, it all depends on whether you qualify for such a kind of coverage. We can assess whether or not you are eligible for the policy by providing us your Medical number and by giving us a call at (818)433-0068.

Placement Services

Are you looking for a facility which is nice, clean, and trustworthy? We actually do all that research for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. It is just a matter of letting us know what you are looking for, your financial situation, and where you would like to go. It is our privilege to be able to assist with placement at various facilities around the state of California, as we carry out contracts with a number of them. There are many benefits to doing this, including getting a lower rate and also gaining familiarity with the inpatient nursing care facility in regards to the type of s ervice they provide.


It is the goal of both inpatient facilities and hospice care services to achieve the best possible level of care for your loved one. As it stands, the room and board rates are not covered by Medicare, but Medicaid does cover them. As mentioned under the previous point, if Medicaid is not available to you, you may be required to pay for your room and board. We also offer placement services that allow us to help you choose the most appropriate inpatient facility for your individual needs and circumstances.

Further Reading:
Who Pays For Hospice Care at Home?

In hospice Valley, our staff works tirelessly to ensure that you are relieved of any type of stress that you may be experiencing. Whether you are looking for financing or researching an inpatient facility, we have you covered to make sure you can focus on things that are important to you, like family, health, and time. In case of questions or if you are interested in enquiring about inpatient hospice services, please do not hesitate to contact us at (818)433-0068.

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Author: Frank Davis

After working in the healthcare field for over ten years, Frank Davis has developed considerable expertise and offers you valuable insights into the industry through blogs. He has published blogs for Hospice Valley, Senior Home Care, and 24 Hour Care, and in his leisure time, Frank enjoys reading and writing.

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