In the event that a patient develops acute symptoms or pain that is not easily managed with routine hospice care, Continuous Care may be an option. Continuous home care is provided during a period of crisis when a change in the patient’s condition requires the nurse’s interventions.
At this time, Del Corazon Hospice may provide a minimum of eight hours of in- home care over a 24-hour period of time. Other members of the hospice care team may assist the patient’s nurse in the delivery of this special care.
Continuous Care is a short term solution to a critical need and is reevaluated every 24 hours.
Continuous Care can also be given when a Del Corazon Hospice patient is in a long term care facility.
Continuous Care is considered a short term solution to a critical need and is reevaluated every 24 hours.
Continuous Care Indicators:
- Unrelieved pain
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Acute shortness of breath
- Uncontrolled anxiety or restlessness
Continuous Care Services:
- Adjustment of medication
- Observation and monitoring of symptoms
- Support for patient and caregiver to manage critical care
- Bringing symptoms under control