What Is Inpatient Hospice Care? Three Things to Expect

What is inpatient hospice care?

Sometimes, it’s easier to define something by describing what it is NOT.

Inpatient hospice is NOT a nursing home. It’s NOT a hospital either.

It’s NOT a place for “giving up.”

It IS a place of peace. A place of pain-free rest where you can be surrounded by your loved ones. It’s a home-like environment where you can be clinically supported to be as free from pain as possible, allowing you to make the most of your days.

We’ll take a closer look at inpatient hospice care and the three things you can expect from it.

Inpatient Hospice Care and the Three Things You Can Expect From It

1. Pain Management

Sometimes, pain management can’t be effectively done at a residence. In cases like this, our patient can benefit from the home-like environment of an inpatient hospice unit. The main goal in hospice care is to ease suffering by managing pain. We recognize that all pain is not physical. Many of our patients are also dealing with emotional, social and spiritual challenges as well. We seek to meet those needs through our medical social workers, bereavement counselors and chaplain services.

Our goal is to fully support the patient and the ones they love in the final months, and pain management is a large part of that. It’s only one of the many ways that we treat you as family.

2. An Unhurried Pace

A hospital is busy.

There’s frequent chatter at the nurses’ station about duties, or health care employees checking the vital signs of a patient near you. There’s the constant shuffle of noises in the hallway. In the event that there’s an emergency, there’s a constant stress that seems to seep from the rooms.

But as we mentioned earlier, when you consider inpatient hospice care, it’s important to realize that it is not a hospital. Therefore, you’ll have a more relaxed, unhurried environment than you would in a hospital.

3. Visits from Friends and Family (and even pets!)

At an inpatient hospice care center, we make it as easy as possible for you to visit with family and friends. That’s why we allow 24-hour visitation and even overnight cots for our guests. If you mention your desire for visits from your pet, we can arrange that. Just let us know.

Because we treat you like family, we understand how important visitations are for you at this stage in your journey.

3HC Hospice Offers Restful Care Through Our Inpatient Hospice Houses

It’s not often that you see an inpatient hospice facility run by a non-profit organization. But at 3HC, our two inpatient hospice houses give care and understanding to our patients and those they love. It’s a place where we will treat you like family.

Our inpatient hospice houses include the Kitty Askins Hospice Center and the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House.

At our hospice centers, we offer peace, tranquility and a soothing environment to visit with family and friends.  Our hospice center includes:

  • 24 Spacious Rooms
  • Home-like Environment
  • Kitchen & Dining Room
  • Chapel
  • Bereavement Services
  • Volunteer Services
  • Laundry Services
  • Large Sitting Rooms
  • Overnight Cots
  • 24-Hour Visitation
  • Hospice Trained Staff
  • Social Work Services
  • Covered Porch
  • Special Pet Visitation

What Is Inpatient Hospice? Another Facet of How We Treat You Like Family

Covering NC counties from the Triangle to the coast, 3HC cares for your family as if they were our family. This dedication sets us apart from other hospices. Plus, through 3HC, you’re able to seamlessly make the transition from home health care to hospice if you need to.

For more information or to make a referral, just contact us.