The Staffing Guidelines for Hospice Home Care Teams is based on the recognition of the current diverse nature of hospice care and allows for individualization of staffing caseloads according to the organizational and environmental characteristics specific to each hospice, in much the same way hospices individualize patient care. The Staffing Guidelines for Hospice Home Care Teams utilizes an assessment process to estimate optimal staffing levels for hospice programs that includes an analysis of the model of care delivery, characteristics of the patient population served, environmental considerations, and other circumstances unique to each hospice. It is important to keep in mind that no one “best standard” regarding hospice staffing caseloads currently exists. The primary consideration that should be used by a hospice to determine optimal staffing caseloads is the hospice’s ability to meet the needs of patients and families through appropriate use of resources and achieving the quality goals set by the hospice program.
A print copy of the Staffing Guidelines can be purchesed from the NHPCO Marketplace and may be ordered online or by phone at 1-800-646-6460.