About Hospice

What is Hospice?

Hospice manages pain, controls symptoms, and understands that emotional and spiritual stresses are as significant as physical pain.

The Hospice Team supports and comforts terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Hospice is not about death, but rather about the quality of life as it nears its end. It is not a place to send people to die and it is not about last-minute hospital care.

Rivercross Hospice treats the whole person, not just the disease, providing care for the mind, body and spirit. The Hospice Benefit is not just for the patient. We also provide care and support for the family and loved ones during their time of need.

Hospice offers dignified living at the end of life.

How Hospice Works

The Rivercross Hospice Team is comprised of local medical professionals and volunteers who are committed to providing the highest quality of care.

Rivercross Hospice is locally owned and operated. Because our roots are in this area, we understand the needs of our family, friends and neighbors.

The Hospice Team provides care in the patient's home (retirement community, assisted living or long-term care facility).

Rivercross Hospice evaluates and responds by offering the level of care that best meets the needs of each individual patient. We work together with the patient, family, patient's Attending Physician and Hospice Medical Director to decide the most appropriate level of care.

Hospice Levels of Care

When a referral is made, the admissions team, along with the patient's Attending Physician and Hospice Medical Director, will decide the level of care needed. The following levels certified by Medicare include:

Routine Home Care

Over 96% of all hospice care is provided intermittently in the comfort and security of the patient's home.

General Inpatient Care

Utilized only in emergencies for pain control and symptom management within a specialized inpatient unit or a contracted Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility or hospital.

Respite Care

This level of short-term care is used when necessary to relieve the family members or other persons caring for the individual.

Continuous Care

Only used for a period of crisis, this level of care is covered as necessary to maintain the patient in their current living environment.