Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Inpatient Hospice Care

By Geoff Lister    

Patients on Hospice have an alternative to the Emergency Room and to the acute hospital.  For up to ten to fourteen days a Hospice patient can be admitted directly to either a “scatter bed” on a hospital floor where the staff has had extra Hospice training, or to a designated Hospice unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.  For many patients already in a hospital when they are evaluated for Hospice, the “scatter bed” is attractive because it means they can stay at the same hospital.  Their personal physician will manage their care.  Sometimes a “scatter bed” can be arranged for an admission from home, depending on bed availability at that hospital.

Inpatient care is available for acute symptom control, such as for relief of pain that has gotten out of control, for prolonged vomiting, or for agitation.  It is also available for what probably will be the last two weeks of life.  Symptoms that suggest to the Hospice team that a person has two weeks or less to live are being bedbound, not eating, and drinking only sips of fluid.  The Hospice Medical Director is always consulted on making this decision about prognosis.  To arrange for an in-patient admission from home call your Hospice nurse during regular working hours, or the on call phone number after hours.  Hospice will search