General Inpatient Care is care for intense pain control and symptom management. It can be provided in a hospital, hospice unit or long-term care facility. General Inpatient Care is provided short term until the issue is resolved and patient can be moved.
A hospice patient may require inpatient care when his or her symptoms have gotten out of hand and can no longer be managed 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.
When these symptoms cannot be controlled on routine home care, then the patient requires extra attention until these symptoms subside. Hospices take aggressive actions to control the symptoms and make the patient comfortable. In order to do this, the patient may be temporarily placed in a hospice home or an acute care hospital. At this level of care, a moment-to-moment assessment of what’s happening and what needs to be done takes place.