On occasion, hospice patients need short-term inpatient care. Medicare has strict guidelines on what constitutes inpatient hospice care. In general, patients are moved to an inpatient hospice unit, either free-standing, or a unit in a hospital, or in a nursing home. Due to a patient’s medical condition, it may be necessary to have round-the-clock nursing care and medical management directed toward pain control and symptom management that cannot be provided where the patient resides. Symptoms often needing inpatient care include, but are not limited to: shortness of breath, agitation, pain, delirium, altered mental status or extensive wounds. Such care is a temporary, short-term measure and should not be confused with regular admittance to an inpatient hospice facility. Patients may return home or to a nursing home once symptoms are managed.
The Hospice Center in Mount Pleasant, SC was opened in 2006, based on the recognition of the need for a free-standing facility in our community. It was designed, developed, and is owned by Bridges, formerly Hospice of Charleston Foundation. In 2008, Hospice of Charleston- Gentiva assumed management of the care provided at the Center. It remains the only free-standing inpatient hospice facility in the region.
The facility is limited to 20 private rooms with beautiful common areas, a garden, a chapel and private spaces for visiting family members. Referrals to the Hospice Center must come from a physician with a hospice or hospital. The facility is located at 676 Wando Park Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC. For more information or a tour, call (843) 654-5755
Alternatives to the Hospice Center are inpatient hospice units or beds in a hospital or nursing home. Not all nursing homes provide 24-hour nursing care with registered nurses, which is a requirement for inpatient hospice care under Medicare. It may be important to ask your hospice provider where they would provide inpatient hospice care, if it is needed.