Levels of Care

Admissions Criteria for Catawba Valley
and Sherrills Ford Hospice Facilities

The Catawba Valley and Sherrills Ford Hospice facilities provide various levels of care for patients. The hospice physician determines level of care based on the patient's needs. General Inpatient Care and Respite Care must be provided according to Medicare guidelines. Patient admission is also dependent on bed availability.

It is important that patients and families understand and accept criteria for each level of care prior to an admission to one of the hospice facilities.

General Inpatient Care

General inpatient care is available for a short term to manage acute patient symptoms that cannot be managed in other settings, such as medication adjustments, observations, or stabilizing treatments. This service is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance companies.

Inpatient Respite Care

Respite care is available for the caregiver to obtain temporary relief from the demands of caring for the patient or when the caregiver becomes unable to provide care at home. Respite care is available for five days per respite episode. This service is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance companies.

Transitional Care

Transitional care is for the patient who no longer qualifies for general inpatient care or inpatient respite care and requires one to two days to accommodate a move back to their home or to secure placement in an appropriate facility in the community. Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies do not cover room and board fees; therefore, patient room and board costs must be paid by the patient/family.

Residential Care/Private

Residential care/private is offered to patients who have agreed to pay room and board charges in advance for a stay. This level of care is available on a limited basis, and a signed Residential Care/Private Financial Agreement is required. Residential care, when available, is generally to provide a placement solution for three months or less.

If discharge from the Hospice House is necessary, a patient may be placed at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital, dependent on the needs/desires of the patient and caregiver/family.

For additional information, please contact one of our admission coordinators at 828.466.0466.