Continuous Home Care is short term, intense care that is provided during periods of crisis in which a patient requires continuous nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. This intense care is provided in the patient’s home or facility where they live. A licensed nurse or hospice aide will provide care during the time that Continuous Home Care Criteria is met or until the patient can be moved to another level of care or more appropriate setting.
A patient would receive continuous nursing care in a crisis situation where symptoms that are out of control and choose to stay at home. These symptoms could include—but aren’t limited to—severe pain, continuous nausea and vomiting, bleeding, acute respiratory distress, and unbearable restlessness or agitation. This is similar to inpatient care, except that the patient remains in his or her home.