Corpus Christi’s Only Free-Standing
Inpatient Hospice and In-House Medical Director

The inpatient unit is designed to provide the patient and family a comfortable homelike environment to manage pain and symptoms during end-of-life care. From time to time pain or symptoms are present that are best managed in a setting where a multidisciplinary team can support the patient and the caregiver. The inpatient unit is a crisis intervention center but not an emergency center. We are committed to providing a plan of care that is directed by the patient and their caregivers.

There are limitations of the inpatient unit to provide life sustaining measures, it is not an acute care facility and does not have emergency monitoring equipment or a crash cart. Personnel will begin basic CPR and call 911 if a patient or his/her designee desires resuscitation. In an effort to accommodate these wishes, any patient desiring to be resuscitated is encouraged to discontinue hospice services and be admitted to, an acute care setting with emergency monitoring and response systems to fully support resuscitative measures.

General Inpatient care is meant to be short-term until symptoms are controlled and the crisis has been managed. The number of days a patient can be on general inpatient level of care varies according to the reason for general inpatient level of care and the patient’s and family’s individual needs.

Eligibility for in-patient or continuous care includes symptoms that require acute medical management.

Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Uncontrolled Pain
  • Intractable Nausea Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Intensive Teaching
  • Psychosocial Problems
  • Uncontrolled Symptoms
  • Seizures Requiring Intensive
  • Intervention
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Caregiver Distress

There are times when family crisis requires patients to be placed in a facility for Respite Care. Respite Care is a temporary or periodic care that does not exceed 5 days duration. Respite care is provided in our inpatient facility so that a family member or friend who is the patient’s caregiver can rest or take some time off.

During the period the patient is on General Inpatient/Respite Level of Care, Medicare/Medicaid pays the facility for the patient’s care and the patient is not charged for room and board. When the patient no longer meets the criteria for inpatient/respite level of care, the patient’s room and board will no longer be paid by Medicare/Medicaid and the patient and family become responsible for the room and board charges.

Upon meeting the criteria for General Inpatient/Respite Level of Care, the hospice social worker will meet with family members to discuss discharge plans in the event the patient’s condition improves and he/she no longer meets the criteria for the inpatient level of care. Most of the time, the patient will return to the home setting. In some instances, the patient will remain in the facility paying privately for the room and board. The staff will help the patient/family apply for Medicaid if they meet the financial criteria for assistance and arrange for discharge to another setting, if the patient cannot pay for the room and board in the facility.