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Support at Home to Assist with Managing Symptoms Associated with Serious Illness

A life-limiting illness can be stressful for you and your family to navigate, and that sometimes makes it difficult to effectively pursue curative treatments. A trusted palliative care team can make the difference, supporting your families goals with physical, emotional and spiritual support that helps you to reach your goals and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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I’ll Soon be Having Surgery, and I Have A Lot on my Mind

The thought of having surgery is sometimes scary and often brings about many questions concerning the benefits and risks of the procedure. It’s normal to feel anxious, and addressing your uncertainties is an important part of the process. With the help of your doctors and nurses and careful consideration about what professional home health and homecare services you might need during recovery, it’s easier to focus on preparing your mind and body and commit to doing what you can to ensure a full and successful procedure and recovery.

Having conversations with your primary doctor is an important part of this process. Asking questions about what you can expect during recovery makes it easier to contact the in home services agency of your choice and begin important conversations about discharge planning and your time at home. Salus Home Health case managers will work closely with you and your primary doctor to ensure that your return home is as seamless as possible and nursing care, therapeutic services or support with personal care, transportation and meal preparation are made available without delay.

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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While it’s not always possible to plan a surgery in advance, when this is an option, there are many advantages. Planning in advance can help you to understand how long recovery will take, which tasks you can and cannot perform independently and what type of medical and non-medical support you might need when you return home. Yes. Out-patient surgeries are now quite common. As a result, more people are returning home the same day surgery is performed. Having your home health scheduled in advance can ensure that you’re prepared to properly manage any pain or discomfort and new medications and care for your incision site. Essentially, home health arms you with the support you need to truly focus on your recovery. Home health services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, MediCal and commercial insurance plans. Salus case managers will help you to file any necessary paperwork and get your benefits approved so that you can spend your time focusing on recovering from your surgical procedure. Once you have returned home or when you are ready for discharge from the hospital, your Salus nurse case manager will visit you and complete a thorough assessment. This information in combination with your doctor’s orders and a conversation about your needs and goals will determine what services are appropriate. How often services are provided is based on your personal plan of care. As you continue to recover from surgery, your doctor may change your plan of care by increasing, decreasing or terminating certain services. This helps to ensure that all in home services remain beneficial and appropriate. Yes, the Salus Home Health team will work closely with your physician to ensure you have the support you need for a successful recovery. He will remain an important part of the team and help to guide the services you receive as well as develop and refine every aspect of the plan of care. Home health services offer more medical support and so, they do not include things like meal preparation and transportation. However, Salus’ integrated care model wraps you with the support you need after your surgery. Our case managers will discuss all of your goals, challenges and needs with you when developing your care plan, and we can arrange home care services in tandem with your home health services if that is appropriate.

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