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After receiving a life-limiting diagnosis for which a cure is not anticipated, maintaining positivity and purpose is essential. A trusted hospice team surrounds you with the physical, emotional and spiritual support your family needs to find comfort and remain focused on making memories, spending time together and all that matters most.

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A Life-Limiting Diagnosis Has Me Feeling Anxious and Afraid

When faced with a life-limiting condition for which a cure is not anticipated, it’s common to feel anxious and afraid. Family and friends play an important role in helping you cope and providing support, but they also may be experiencing their own struggles and uncertainties. Having the right team of professionals by your side makes managing pain easier and helps you to feel more confident pondering questions, making amends with loved ones and contemplating what it means to face unique challenges at the end of life. Ultimately, this empowers you to enjoy a higher quality of life and spend more time focusing on family, friends and everything that you love most.

Salus Hospice provides team-oriented, holistic support after a life-limiting diagnosis and when you have a life expectancy of six months or less. It neither hastens nor postpones death and is always centered around compassion and helping you feel dignified in making the choices that are right for you. Our goal is to minimize pain and discomfort while offering essential emotional and spiritual care expressly tailored to your needs and goals. Support is also provided to your loved ones, helping your family to worry less and you to live fully and comfortably for whatever time you have left.

How Salus Integrated Services Can Help You Overcome a Serious Medical Illness

Home Care

Illnesses and the aging process can impact your ability to live independently at home. With the right support, safety and comfort are prioritized, goals are easier to meet and your quality of life improves too.

What are the typical goals of care for this type of service?
To remain safe and comfortable in your own home or place of choice in times of recuperation or during the normal aging process
Why choose this type of care?
Maintain dignity and independence allowing you to age safely in the comfort of home. May also be helpful to assist with care needs following surgery or hospitalization.
What kind of services are available?
Assistance with activities of daily living can include bathing, grooming, meal preparation, and medication reminders. Also light housekeeping and other requested services.
Who pays for this service?
Private pay; for those that have long term care insurance their policy may pay a good portion of the costs; for those qualifying war-time veterans (or spouse) the VA covers a small portion.
How often does the care happen?
As often as you would like. Can be hourly for brief periods (min of 4 hrs) or up to 24hrs/day 7 days/wk
Who is involved in the delivery of care?
A case manager and a caregiver.
Who determines what care is delivered?
The case manager and family make this decision together
Is a physician order required?
No
Is anything else required?
An in-home assessment performed by the case manager to determine the plan of care.
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
The majority of the time this will be the responsibility of the patient/family
How do I get started?
Give Salus a call. We will schedule a case manager to visit at no cost.
How long does the service last?
As long as needed and desired by the client
Why choose Salus?
Salus offers the patient and family with the most expert and nurturing care during all phases of a patient's healthcare journey. At Salus we are "Always There" and provide the patient and family with choices across the continuum of care.
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Home Health

Returning home from the hospital and reducing the risk of setbacks associated with a chronic health condition is easier with the right support. Home health care helps you to reach optimal recovery goals.

What are the typical goals of care for this type of service?
To regain prior level of function/health. Promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
Why choose this type of care?
To regain health and to resume the previous level of function and independence.
What kind of services are available?
Multidisciplinary team approach. Patient's physician arranges Medical Equipment and Medications; must be authorized by insurance.
Who pays for this service?
Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial Insurance or by the patient directly; May have co-pays according to plan.
How often does the care happen?
Care is determined by the doctor but is typically comprised of intermittent visits by nursing and therapy over the course of 30-60 days according to an individualized plan
Who is involved in the delivery of care?
Home Health services are ordered by a physician and can include nursing, physical, occupational or speech therapy, medical social services, home health aide and registered dietician
Who determines what care is delivered?
The patients ordering physician determines the disciplines necessary to meet the patients' needs
Is a physician order required?
Yes
Is anything else required?
Patient must meet home-bound requirements
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
Depends on eligibility
How do I get started?
Discuss desire for care with your physician; Give Salus a call
How long does the service last?
As long as the patient has the potential for improvement with restorative treatment. Must meet insurance eligibility guidelines.
Why choose Salus?
Salus offers the patient and family with the most expert and nurturing care during all phases of a patient's healthcare journey. At Salus we are "Always There" and provide the patient and family with choices across the continuum of care.
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Hospice

After receiving a terminal diagnosis, living with dignity is what matters most. Hospice care provides emotional, spiritual and physical support to reduce pain and discomfort so you can enjoy each day more.

What are the typical goals of care for this type of service?
Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Comfort and symptom management; Maintain comfort and quality of life during the end stages of a serious illness to which the doctor does not expect a cure; care for physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Reduces suffering. Improve the quality of life for both the patient and family.
Why choose this type of care?
To stay in the comfort of your own home, avoid hospitalization, during your final months, weeks and days of life. To forego curative treatments, rather focus your remaining time left on things that matter most. There is no homebound requirement.
What kind of services are available?
An interdisciplinary team provides holistic care. Includes coverage for medications related to management of the end stage disease, Medical Equipment and Nursing Supplies (i.e Incontinence, Gloves, Woundcare dressings).
What kind of services are available?
Medicare (Part A) and Medicaid 100% covered; Most private insurances also have coverage, including VA benefit
How often does the care happen?
Hospice support is available 24/7 although the frequency of intermittent visits can vary based on the patients individual care needs and can change as the patients' needs change
Who is involved in the delivery of care?Hospice has an Interdisciplinary approach to care, the hospice team includes a doctor, nurse, social worker, spiritual care coordinator, home health aide, and volunteers
Hospice has an Interdisciplinary approach to care, the hospice team includes a doctor, nurse, social worker, spiritual care coordinator, home health aide, and volunteers
Who determines what care is delivered?
The hospice team works together with each patient and their family/caregivers to determine the services they would like to receive while under Hospice care. Collaborates with the physician for updates and orders.
Is a physician order required?
Yes
Is anything else required?
Patient must have a terminal prognosis of 6 months or less certified by two physicians
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
Included in benefit
Included in benefit
Discuss desire for care with your physician; Give Salus a call
Discuss desire for care with your physician; Give Salus a call
Designed for patients during the last 6 months of life if the disease runs it's usual course. Should the patient's condition improve, the hospice team will assist with discharge planning from hospice to other healthcare options.
How do I get started?
Salus offers the patient and family with the most expert and nurturing care during all phases of a patient's healthcare journey. At Salus we are "Always There" and provide the patient and family with choices across the continuum of care.
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Palliative Care

Many challenges come along with being diagnosed with a serious medical conditions. Your ability to overcome them impacts your health, happiness and quality of life. Your medical team can help you overcome many of these challenges, but when their support alone isn’t enough to manage symptoms, discomfort and stress, Salus Palliative Care is here for you. Our team of doctors, nurses and trained professionals provide personalized support to empower you to live each day to the fullest and get the most out of any curative treatments

What are the typical goals of care for this type of service?
Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Comfort and symptom management; Maintain comfort and quality of life during the end stages of a serious illness to which the doctor does not expect a cure; care for physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Reduces suffering. Improve the quality of life for both the patient and family.
Why choose this type of care?
May receive curative treatments between the home and hospital during the last months, weeks and days of life. Medicare requires the patient must be homebound.
What kind of services are available?
Interdisciplinary team provides holistic care. Patient's physician arranges Medical Equipment and Medications; must be authorized by insurance.
Who pays for this service?
Medicare (Part A) and Medicaid with no co-pay;Most private insurances also have coverage. May have co-pays according to plan.
How often does the care happen?
Intermittent visits by the Palliative Care Team according to an individualized plan.
Who is involved in the delivery of care?
Palliative care is ordered by the patients physician and may include a RN or Nurse Practitioner, medical social services and a consultation with spiritual care.
Who determines what care is delivered?
Palliative Care Team, led by a Nurse Practitioner, confers with the patient's physician in developing a unique plan to meet the needs of the patient and family. Includes Advanced Care Planning discussion on end of life goals.
Is a physician order required?
Yes
Is anything else required?
Patient must meet home-bound requirements.
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
Depends on eligibility
How do I get started?
Discuss desire for care with your physician; Give Salus a call
How long does the service last?
As long as patient meets eligibility guidelines for palliative care. As condition declines, many patients choose Salus Hospice to best meet their holistic needs, including experienced end of life care staff.
Why choose Salus?
Salus offers the patient and family with the most expert and nurturing care during all phases of a patient's healthcare journey. At Salus we are "Always There" and provide the patient and family with choices across the continuum of care.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Medications are often very effective in helping hospice patients to manage pain, but you are never limited to that approach. Massage, hot and cold compresses, dimming lights, using soothing music or simply fluffing pillows and offering an extra blanket are other effective approaches that can compliment or sometimes even replace the need for medications. Finding the right dose of pain medications to keep you comfortable and prevent unpleasant side effects sometimes takes time. We will work closely with your doctor and the Hospice physician to ensure the best dosing schedule for your individual needs and make adjustments as necessary to help preserve your independence. While a Salus Hospice nurse can administer medications, this is not necessarily how medication management is best handled. Some patients prefer to receive instruction on how to take all their medications and assistance in filling pill boxes or preparing daily doses. Some patients also begin with their nurse administering medications and later transition to a more independent system. You will be involved in creating the right plan of care for your specific needs. Yes, Salus Hospice nurses are fully trained to provide education to family caregivers and can explain medications as well as proper dosing instructions to make it easier for your family to confidently assist you when our team is not in the home. Yes, Medicare covers hospice services. Your doctor must certify the need for services and state that your life expectancy is six months or less if your disease follows its normal course. Our case managers can assist you in obtaining doctor's orders for hospice care if the services are appropriate. Yes, our chaplain often assists patients with connecting or reconnecting with a house of worship. While following a specific religion is never a requirement of spiritual care, this service is available if you choose. Pain management is part of a coordinated and thorough hospice plan of care that addresses all physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Therefore, it would be the exception to the rule for a patient to receive services strictly to help them better manage their pain.

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