In home hospice service is provided by experienced hospice professionals. These services may be received in your home, a nursing facility, or assisted living facility. Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Hospice of Southern Kentucky is available to all who are in need of compassionate hospice care, regardless of their ability to pay. For eligibility, your health care provider will determine that you may benefit from hospice care. lf you live in the 9 county BRADD area, your health care provider will call the referral to HSK. Once the referral is made to hospice, a nurse from the hospice team will complete an initial assessment.
In home services will include needed services to maintain comfort and quality of life. Available services include physician & nurse practitioner services, specialized nursing for end-of-life care, certified nursing assistant for personal care, social work services, spiritual care & counseling, home medical equipment, medical supplies, medications for symptom management & pain relief, counseling support, volunteer participation, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services, x-ray & laboratory services; and homemaker services.
All in home services are based on an individualized plan of care developed by the interdisciplinary team which will include the patient, your primary care giver, your hospice nurse, social worker, nursing assistant, hospice medical director, and your attending physician.
Hospice of Southern Kentucky opened the Hospice House in August 2008. This is the only inpatient center in southern Kentucky. The facility is located next to a horse pasture, with scenic views and a peaceful setting. Patients and families will find this is more like home than a hospital or nursing facility. The patient center is staffed 24 hours a day with nurses and certified nursing assistants. A physician or nurse practitioner is at the center most every day. There are 10 private patient suites, a chapel, playroom for the kids, family room with community kitchen, and memorial garden outside. Families are invited to stay with their loved ones, but this is not required. All visitors are welcome, including those with pets. There are 3 levels of care that are available in the facility: General Inpatient, Respite, and Residential, each with their own requirements.
• General Inpatient: This care is when the patients pain or other symptoms are not manageable in the home. Examples include continuous seizures or vomiting, uncontrolled agitation, and extreme pain. Inpatient care takes place in a hospital or the Hospice House. There is no specific time limit for acute inpatient care, but the Medicare benefit stops paying after controlling the symptoms and in-home care resumes. GIP is short-term level of care and is not intended to be a permanent solution.
• Respite: Short-term or temporary care, up to 5 days at the Hospice House, to provide relief, or respite, to the regular caregiver, usually a family member. Symptom control is not necessary for the respite level of care.
• Residential: Some people go to a nursing facility or an assisted living facility because they need help with their basic daily care; needs such as bathing, getting dressed, taking medications, or eating. The hospice Medicare benefit does not pay for this type of inpatient care, which is considered custodial care. The patient or family will private pay at the current daily rate for these services, please ask a team member for the current daily rate. The residential rooms are limited based on need for the GIP and respite level of care.