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Hospice

Hospice Services

Caring EnvironmentWe believe that the needs of our patients and their families and caregivers are best met through the services of an interdisciplinary group. Together, this team can provide a level of service that no discipline could provide on its own. Our clinicians, together with you, your private physician and your family and caregivers determine the best plan of care for you. This plan of care is updated regularly as your needs change.

The following are a list of the types of services you might expect to receive, but again it is based on your needs and your wishes. 


  • Physician Services- While your own physician will remain involved in your care, we also have physicians who will be available for visits as needed. They will confer with your private physician as indicated and will oversee our team’s interdisciplinary services for you and your family and caregivers.
  • Skilled Nursing Care- The nurse plans, organizes and directs hospice care, with emphasis on community health education experience to meet the needs of individual and families within their homes and communities.
  • Music Therapy-Music Therapy is an established evidence-based health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music therapists function as member of your hospice team, who work together to address a vast continuum of outcomes, including reduction of pain and anxiety, stress management, communication, and emotional expression. Click here to learn more.
  • Chaplain Services- The Hospice Chaplain is responsible for providing guidance of spiritual care services to patients and families/caregivers of Mission Hospice either directly or through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors.
  • Social Services- Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment and communicates findings to the registered nurse and other members of the interdisciplinary group.
  • Nursing Aides- Performs various services for a patient as necessary to meet the patient's personal needs and to promote comfort under the supervision of the Registered Nurse.
  • Volunteers- Serve as substitute family/caregiver in the home performing activities that the volunteer has been prepared for and has agreed to perform.  The volunteer may do homemaker chores, run errands, and provide respite care as well.

Levels of Care

Routine Home Care

This is the most frequently used level of care. Under a routine level of care, the hospice team is available on a scheduled basis and is available for consultation or to make a visit 24 hours a day. Visit frequency is determined by the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) in response to your needs and is documented in the Plan of Care.


General Inpatient Care

Short-term inpatient care may be used during times when a patient and/or family/caregiver has an immediate and apparent need. This level of care is most often needed for pain control or acute symptom management and can only be provided in a skilled nursing facility or hospital that Mission Hospice has a contract with. Once symptoms are well-managed, the patient will be returned to the routine level of care, in the current setting, or at home.


Inpatient Respite Care

Inpatient respite care is available to home patients in order to give the caregiver relief and is limited to five consecutive days. This level of care is provided in a skilled nursing facility by Mission and the Nursing Facility.


Continuous Home Care

Continuous care is provided when symptoms need acute management in order to prevent hospitalization. Under the continuous care benefit, a minimum period of eight hours of care is provided during a 24-hour day. Nursing care by either a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse must be provided for more than half of this period of care.