When a patient is stable, routine care is sufficient. If a patient develops symptoms (either physical or emotional) that aren’t easily managed without more intense care, we provide the option of short-term continuous care. A nurse can be present in the home up to 24 hours per day until the symptoms are under control. Symptoms requiring continuous care might be unrelieved pain, severe nausea and vomiting, severe shortness of breath, anxiety or panic attacks, or a breakdown in the primary caregiver support system.
One of the four levels of hospice care, continuous care is provided during a crisis, when the patient requires nursing care to manage acute medical problems.