If a patient develops physical or emotional symptoms that aren’t easily managed with routine care, continuous care may be an option. Continuous care provides more intense care in the patient’s home environment. All services under home care are provided along with a LPN who provides care for the patient around-the clock, with daily oversight by a registered nurse. The usual length of stay may range from 8 up to 24 hours per day to administer medications, treatments, and support until a patient’s symptoms are under control.
Some examples of symptoms requiring continuous care would be unrelieved pain, severe nausea and vomiting, severe shortness of breath, anxiety or a breakdown in the primary caregiver support system. Continuous care is considered a temporary short-term level of care and is reevaluated every 24 hours.