Compassionate End of Life Care

Inland Regional Hospice was created for the sole purpose of helping to improve the quality of life for patients and families dealing with a life-limiting illness so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. This can be accomplished in-home or in an outside facility as desired by the patient and family.

Our compassionate staff is dedicated to caring for patients, families and the bereaved as they struggle with end of life decisions. We believe in the dignity of each person and the value of each human life. Inland Regional Hospice LLC exists not to postpone death but to help the patient and family live as fully as possible. Whether accompanied by disease or not, death is a universal fact of life and dying is a natural process. Every person is entitled to participate fully in preparation for death in a way that is meaningful to them.

Types of Hospice Care

Routine Care is the most common type of Hospice Care as it provides most of the necessary elements needed for life-limiting illnesses. The care is always customized to suite the specific needs of the patient and family; but it usually includes regularly schedules visits to the home or assisted living facility, a symptom management plan, and regularly updated Care Plans by Inland Regional Hospice.
Continuous home care is to be provided only during periods of crisis to maintain the beneficiary at home. Continuous care cannot be provided in a skilled nursing facility (SNF), inpatient hospital, inpatient hospice facility, a long term care hospital (LTCH), or an inpatient psychiatric facility. A period of crisis is a period of time when the beneficiary requires the higher level of “continuous care” for at least 8 hours in a 24-hour period (midnight to midnight) to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. The care does not need to be “continuous”, but must total eight hours or more of care within the 24-hour period. The care must be predominantly nursing care provided by an RN, LPN, or LVN. Homemaker or hospice aide services may be provided to supplement the nursing care. This means that at least 50 percent of the total care provided must be provided a nurse. All nursing, aide and homemaker services must be counted into the continuous home care time. Hospices cannot choose to count fewer aide hours than were actually provided to increase the percentage of nursing hours. When aide hours exceed the nursing hours, routine home care must be billed.
In-Patient Care takes place away from the home and usually in a skilled nursing facility. This level of care takes place when passing is imminent and symptoms cannot be managed without the proper staff and or equipment that is usually only found in skilled nursing facilities. At this level Medicare covered facilities are usually covered by Hospice.
Respite-Care affords short-term relief for the family and or caregivers for a period of up to five days. This happens by transitioning the patient to a long-term care facility where they can be professionally cared for to give the family or primary caregiver short-term relief.

Guiding Principles:

  • The unit of care is the family.
  • Patients and family members will participate in the development of care plans that reflect the values, needs and wishes of the patient and family.
  • Inland Regional Hospice LLC does not participate in assisted suicide.
  • Inland Regional Hospice LLC neither hastens nor postpones death.
  • A team approach will be used to deliver care that focuses not only on physical pain but also emotional, social and spiritual pain.
  • Services will be provided without regard for diagnosis, gender, sexual orientation, nation origin, race, creed, disability, age or ability to pay.
  • Inland Regional Hospice LLC will be an advocate for patients and participate in public education about end of life issues.
  • All care will be delivered in an ethical manner that promotes patient rights.