Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocacy


RESPITE CARE LEVEL OF SERVICES




When the patient resides at home and the family has been providing much care for the patient, exhaustion may set in, and the family needs "a break." That's what respite care is all about. The patient is temporarily placed in a facility so that the family can get rest from the seemingly never-ending list of things to do which are part of the patient care routine.

Respite care is also a required service, which means that if the patient is willing and the family needs it, the hospice must provide a placement in a facility for the patient up to 5 days, after which the patient is transferred back home.






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