POSTED ON MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 12:51 PM

As the number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to grow, hospice inpatient facilities are opening to care for them. Most patients can be cared for in their homes, those with more serious cases need inpatient care.

Georgia-based Hospice Savannah and some locations of the national chain Compassus are among the providers who have converted existing facilities into a space suitable for potentially infection patients. Also, Heart of Hospice in South Carolina opened aa brand-new inpatient center in only eight days.

“Our predominant locations are in Louisiana, and we have definitely seen an influx of [COVID-19 patients]. We just decided to do it, because the disease seemed to be spreading really rapidly in New Orleans. We got this idea [of opening an inpatient unit] literally less than two weeks ago,” Carla Davis, CEO of Heart of Hospice, told Hospice News. “We’re not an inpatient provider in New Orleans. That was on our list of things to evaluate in 2021, maybe open in 2022, and we ended up opening it eight days.”

“This is an outstanding example of hospice providers thinking broadly about how-to best care for people with COVID-19 who are not able to return home to receive person-centered, interdisciplinary care from professionals best skilled at caring for them. The efforts of Heart of Hospice and Hospice Savannah serve as important models to other providers across the country,” said National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization president and CEO Edo Banach.

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