When a patient is unable to receive adequate treatment at home, he or she may consider inpatient care. Inpatient care is an option if the patient’s symptoms are too severe or if the patient prefers care in a treatment facility, such as a hospital, long-term care facility, or a free standing hospice facility. A free standing hospice is a brick and mortar facility owned and operated by a hospice company. However, few facilities of this nature exist and therefore not an option for everyone in need.

Inpatient care is a viable option for patients residing in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community. Some long-term care facilities offer inpatient hospice care while others contract with a hospice company to provide services for their patients who need them. If not a resident, a patient would have to be admitted in order to receive nursing care and the medications, therapies, and emotional support the hospice team offers.

Long-term care facilities and hospitals often contract with a hospice company to provide services. In this case, the hospital and long-term care staff provide most of the daily care with the hospice team supplementing care as needed. When a hospice company leases space within a hospital or long-term care facility, the hospice team provides all of the inpatient care.

Inpatient care is considered short-term, which means care will be discontinued once the patient is comfortable and symptoms are under control. At this point, the patient will be discharged back to his or her place of residence.