Frequently Asked Questions – Respite Care

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What is Respite Care?

Respite, or breaks for caregivers, are available to Hospice families for up to five days at a time on an occasional basis. While patients stay at the Inpatient Center for short-term stays, caregivers can rest, travel, go to appointments, or attend special events. During these stays, the Inpatient Center team follows the patient’s home care plan, and the patient’s physician continues to manage the patient’s care. Patients and/or their caregivers may choose to return home early from a respite stay.

What are the additional benefits of the Inpatient Center?

In addition to providing a high level of medical care for patients, the Inpatient Center provides the day to day caregiving to allow the family to focus on spending quality time with their loved ones. Our goal is to create an environment where patients and families can spend quality time together. We welcome families to gather for a meal in our family kitchens; nearby restaurants are also available. Patients have access to food in our kitchens.

Families also have access to a kiosk with a computer, Internet, and a printer in the living room of each wing. Families may connect to the Internet with their own devices.

Should I be concerned by the distance to the Inpatient Center from my house?

The Inpatient Center is centrally located off Route 283, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Lancaster, 30 minutes from Ephrata and 35 minutes from York. With 24/7 visitation, the Center is designed to be a home away from home with private rooms with home-like amenities, making it possible for family members to come when it’s convenient for them. Family members are welcome to stay the night in the patient’s room.

Do patients get billed for using the Inpatient Center?

Care provided at the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center is covered in full by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. We will work with families to determine any costs associated with an inpatient stay.

How often may my loved one receive respite care?

Respite care is available to Hospice families for up to five days at a time on an occasional basis.