The 10-bed inpatient unit at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice provides hospice patients with state-of-the-art care in a beautiful home-like setting. The inpatient unit provides a safe and comfortable environment for times of respite or when the care of hospice patient’s symptoms cannot be managed in their own homes.
Inpatient unit patients come to stay in the facility from our home hospice care program, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, or wherever they reside. Once symptoms are managed, or the respite stay is over, they can resume home hospice care in their place of residence.
Often our patients come to the inpatient unit before home hospice care begins in order to establish a care plan and allow the caregiver to prepare for the journey ahead.
Respite care is provided at our inpatient unit for a stay of up to 5 days at a time. Caregiving is an exhausting job, albeit one that is done out of love. Respite care is provided if the family is exhausted and needs a break from caring for someone with a life limiting illness, or if a joyous family event such as a wedding may require caregivers to be out of town for several days. If this is the case, then the inpatient unit can assist in providing a safe, comfortable environment for the patient.
General inpatient care is care that is provided to alleviate a symptom that cannot be managed in another setting. Our hospice home care team members are experts in managing symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulties, or anxiety in the home, but there are times when around-the-clock nursing monitoring is needed. The inpatient unit can provide comfort for these and other symptoms.