Routine home care is a plan, created with input from patients and family members, for regularly scheduled visits from a hospice team. Support includes visits from nurses, home health aides, a hospice chaplain, and volunteers. Patients also have access to home medical equipment, medications, personal supplies, therapy and 24/7 on-call nursing support.
Routine home care (RHC) is sometimes called routine hospice care, or simply routine care, to make it clear that the hospice team can visit private homes, nursing homes, or wherever the patient lives. As a patient’s condition changes, team members will adjust their visit frequency or transition patients to or from different levels of hospice care.
Medicare benefits offer four levels of hospice care: Routine Home Care, General Inpatient Care, Continuous Home Care, and Inpatient Respite Care. Patients may be admitted at any level of care.
Routine Home Care (RHC) is the most common level of hospice care. In 2017, Medicare reported that 98.2 percent of hospice care days were for routine care. About 56 percent of routine care was provided in private homes and 43 percent in nursing homes.
Hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit
Coverage includes nurses, other caregivers, medicines, supplies, equipment and support, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the hospice diagnosis.