Levels of Care



The Catawba Valley and Sherrills Ford Hospice facilities provide three levels of care for patients. It is important you understand and accept criteria for each level of care prior to an admission to one of the hospice facilities. The hospice physician determines level of care based on Medicare guidelines. Patient admission is also dependent on bed availability.

  1. Inpatient (or Acute) Level of Care
    Inpatient care is a short-term level of care to manage symptoms and achieve comfort for the patient. These services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies. Once symptoms are controlled, the interdisciplinary hospice team will discuss the plan of care with patient and family, to include transfer to another location.
  2. Transitional (or Residential) Level of Care
    Transitional care is a temporary service focused on meeting basic care needs for patients whose current needs can not be met at home. The interdisciplinary hospice team will evaluate the patient and determine with the patient and family the most appropriate plan and location for care. Transitional services are short-term and not intended to replace long-term care. The daily room and board charge of $150 is not covered by traditional Medicare, Medicaid or private insurances. You are responsible for room and board charges, and payment arrangements can be discussed with the hospice social worker, if necessary.
  3. Respite Level of Care
    Respite care is available to existing hospice patients for stays of up to 5 nights to provide for caregiver relief. Day 1 is the day the patient is transferred to the facility, and day 6 is the day the patient transfers back to their primary residence. At the completion of the respite stay, the patient must return home or find placement in another appropriate community facility. This service is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies.

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