There are four levels of care recognized by the Medicare Hospice Benefit:
Routine Care: care provided by a caregiver at the patient's place of residence with assistance from the hospice team.
Respite care: care provided in a hospital or nursing home for up to five days to give family caregivers a rest from handling the care of the patient.
Inpatient care: care provided in a hospital or nursing home for a limited time to control physical symptoms that cannot be managed at the patient's home.
Continuous care: skilled nursing services provided at the patient's residence for a short duration to help manage symptoms.