question on aide coveage for hospice

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by 4boysmama 4boysmama Member Nurse

Specializes in Hospice + Palliative. Has 4 years experience.

for those of you in home hospice - how many days a week will your company provide home health aides to patients? Mine only does a max of (monday through friday) and my boss always says it's because medicare won't allow for 7 days of aide visits...but every other hospice in our area does 7 days. I'm wondering if mine just doesn't want to deal with hiring and retaining weekend aides, or if the other hospices are doing something they aren't supposed to?

Stcroix, ASN, RN

Specializes in cardiac-telemetry, hospice, ICU. Has 6 years experience. 449 Posts

our is 5 but doesn't have to be weekdays only, we do Saturdays too.

Stacey01

Stacey01

Specializes in Hospice. Has 31 years experience. 8 Posts

We can provide 6 days per week. Our aides currently rotate Saturdays. As our census grows we are contemplating adding Sunday's as well.

Tenebrae, BSN, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative. Has 10 years experience. 1 Article; 1,752 Posts

Our aides can go in 2-3 daily seven days a week if the need is there

Zee_RN

Zee_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Critical Care. Has 17 years experience. 951 Posts

Our aides are scheduled 7 days a week...although few patients are actually seen every day. Some are, though. We like to start patients off with daily visits to get a full understanding of what they need; then we adjust their care plan based on the updated assessment. Actively dying patients are seen 7 days a week by the RN and the aide. GIP patients are seen 7 days a week by RN and aide (unless in hospital; aides don't see patients in the hospital).