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Routine Care

Routine care includes regularly scheduled visits to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hospice patients at their private home, assisted living facility, or nursing facility. The type, amount, and frequency of this treatment varies based on the patient’s unique plan of care.
  • Routine care services can include:
  • Skilled nursing services
  • Home health aide services
  • Physical & occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Medical supplies for home use
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Medical social services

Respite Care

Respite care is short-term in-patient care provided to a patient only when necessary to relieve the family members or other persons caring for the individual at home. Respite care may not be reimbursed for more than five consecutive days at a time, including the date of admission, but not including the date of discharge. In-patient respite care can only be provided at the following facilities:
  • A Medicare-certified in-patient hospice facility
  • A contracted Medicare-certified hospital or a skilled nursing facility that has the capability to provide 24-hour nursing

General Inpatient Care

General inpatient care is a higher level of care needed when pain or other symptoms cannot be managed at the patient’s home. This allows for round-the-clock care to administer medications, treatments, and emotional support to make the patient more comfortable. Patients return to their homes and routine home care when symptoms stabilize. General inpatient care can be offered at:
  • A hospice facility
  • An inpatient hospice unit within a hospital
  • A hospice unit within a nursing home

Continuous Care

Continuous home care consists predominantly of hospice and nursing care on a continuous basis at a patient’s home or long-term care facility. This type of care may only be provided during a period of crisis, in which a patient requires continuous nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. Symptoms that require continuous care include:
  • Unrelieved pain
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • A breakdown in the primary caregiver support system


Our goal is to achieve control over pain for our patients, without impairing alertness. We help to manage symptoms and keep patients comfortable to ensure they have the highest quality of life for as long as they live.

A medical social worker helps to identify the psychosocial needs of patients and families, and can provide links to community resources, including financial and/or legal assistance, delivery of meals, and, if needed, placement in a care facility.

We will provide all prescription and over-the-counter medications related to each patient’s hospice diagnosis and related conditions (as determined by the Medical Director). Medical equipment covered under the patient’s hospice benefit will also be delivered and maintained by Amity Hospice’s designated equipment provider.

In order to help our patients receive proper care, we ensure that each patient has any medical supplies that are needed, including bandages and wound care supplies, gloves, oxygen tubing and supplies, continence care items, and more.

Our bereavement program exists to help people learn how to mourn. We strongly value and provide grief support to families at least a year after their loved one dies in our service.

Our bereavement services include:

  • Individual Counseling Services
  • Grief Support Group Services
  • Phone Calls
  • Quarterly Newsletters

Our team of Certified Nursing Assistants help patients with personal care, activities of daily living, and other healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

We provide hands-on nursing care to treat distressing symptoms and improve our patients’ comfort. Each patient will be assigned a case manager nurse who will develop a personalized plan of care to meet the patient’s unique needs.