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The Salus Hospice bath aide, nurse and social worker were all excellent! I could not have managed without them.

Bob T. Orange County Oct 15, 2019

The Salus nurse and chaplain were outstanding. Just enough support when it was needed. I highly recommend Salus Hospice.

Jenny B. Orange County Oct 15, 2019

Salus Hospice Services

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Physical Care

Symptom monitoring and pain management care to enhance comfort and quality of life. Skilled nurses and therapists monitor and administer services in collaboration with the hospice physician to better ensure positive outcomes.

  • Medication Management
  • Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy
  • Wound Care & Vital Sign Monitoring
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Emotional Care

Support that makes it easier to cope with end of life decisions and find peace. Emotional support is available to both the patient and family members and includes grief counseling.

  • Counseling
  • Social Worker Case Management
  • Bereavement Counselling for Your Loved Ones
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Spiritual Care

Assistance and support for patients who wish to explore their spiritual concerns surrounding life, death and dying. Spiritual support is non-denominational, compassionate and empathetic.

  • 1-1 Conversations With Hospice Chaplains
  • Reconnecting Clients With Their House of Worship
  • Provide Literature That Can Help Individuals Cope With Death
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What is Hospice?

What is Hospice?

When faced with a terminal illness, hospice offers a solution for patients with a goal of returning home and spending the time they have left surrounded by family and friends. It’s often the ideal choice for patients who no longer wish to pursue ineffective or cumbersome interventions. This family-centered, holistic approach provides pain management, emotional healing and spiritual support in the end stage of life and in the place were most of us are most comfortable, right at home.

Hospice’s physical care provides the support necessary to better manage the pain and discomfort often associated with a life-limiting disease or illness. When pain is appropriately managed, living each day to the fullest is often a more realistic and achievable goal. Salus Hospice professionals work with you and your personal physician to create an effective and compassionate care plan, providing the right level of support to enhance your quality of life.

A life limiting health diagnosis leaves many patients feeling alone, afraid, confused and uncertain. Exploring these emotions is an important step that can help you feel more confident. The emotional support provided by our hospice caregivers helps clients to explore these emotions and better come to terms with this final stage in life.

When diagnosed with a terminal illness, spiritual beliefs often become ever-present in the mind. A patient might doubt or question their previous beliefs, or they may turn closer toward them to find solace and confidence about facing the challenges ahead. Speaking with a spiritual advisor helps to calm fears so you can better cope with difficult emotions and focus on figuring out a personal path for the journey through this difficult time in life.

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Hospice care offers many benefits to individuals with life limiting illnesses and a life expectancy of six months or less. While this is not the only option a person has when faced with such a diagnosis, it is one that helps them to remain comfortable at home while also providing necessary support for family members and loved ones. A physician’s referral is required for admission.

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

After obtaining a referral for hospice care from your primary physician, coverage for services is typically provided by Medicare, MediCal or the Department of Veterans Affairs at 100%. Private insurance also offers a hospice benefit, but it can vary by provider. Clients should check with their individual provider for specifics, and Salus Hospice is here to help you through this process.

How our integrated services can help with being diagnosed with a serious illness

Pediatric Home Health

A complex medical condition can impact everything about your child’s life, but professional support can make a difference. Pediatric home health offers personalized support to reduce stress, eliminate uncertainties and create an atmosphere where your child is empowered to reach their full potential. Learn more about our accredited pediatric care programs. Click the link below to request a consultation.

How old does a child have to be to sign up for pediatric care services?
Pediatric care services are available to patients age 0-21 with complex medical conditions or those children who are technologically dependent.
Who will provide day-to-day care for my child?
Salus Homecare's professional pediatric care team includes nurses, therapists and medical social workers. Your child’s direct daily care will be provided by a nurse or certified nursing assistant assigned to your family. However, other compassionate professionals might also provide support depending on your child's specific needs and goals.
What do you do to ensure my child’s care is customized?
Salus Homecare recognizes that all children are individuals. A one-size-fits-all care plan simply is not effective. To ensure that your child’s care plan offers the most benefits, our care managers will work with you, your child’s physician and others who support your child to develop a customized and inclusive plan of care that recognizes your child's unique personality, challenges and goals. The plan of care will also be reviewed regularly and modified as necessary to ensure care remains effective.
I want to better understand my child’s health condition and how I can help her. Can your team assist with this?
Yes, our team is happy to provide education to primary caregivers in order to help you best meet the needs of your child. This service is often included in our patient care plans.
What types of equipment can your nurses provide support for?
Salus Homecare's pediatric nursing team is fully trained to provide support for ventilators, tracheostomies, C-pap and Bipap machines as well as other medical devices. We can assist with seizure disorders, developmental delays and other neurological diagnoses too. Requesting a consultation is the best way to determine how we can best help your child.
I want to ensure that my child’s school understands her needs. Can your team assist by participating in school meetings?
Yes, Salus Homecare often provides support to families in meetings that help determine the need for an Individual Education Program (IEP). We will collaborate with you and your school to help establish the specifics of a plan that helps your child to reach their full potential.
If my child is socializing and interacting with friends, what will her nurse do during that time?
All children including children with complex medical needs enjoy social interactions with friends. Our goal is always to empower children to enjoy independence, however, your child’s nurse will remain within eyesight and is always aware of the situation and surroundings. Keeping the safety of your child as a top priority is essential. When necessary, your child’s nurse will provide assistance with activities or work and determine the appropriate level of involvement.
Can my child’s nurse take him to school or the doctor’s office?
Our nurses can accompany your child to school or a medical professional's office, but for the safety of your child, they do not provide transportation.
Does Salus Homecare perform background checks on your nurses?
Yes, every Salus professional who works in a client's home undergoes a complete and extensive background check. Additionally, our professional team is bonded and insured. This provides your family with an important extra layer of protection and the confidence in knowing that your child is in the best of hands.
Is someone available to provide our family with assistance in an emergency?
Your family will be assigned a care manager who remains on call 24-hours a day and 7-days a week. Should you have an urgent question, concern or care need, please reach out to them. They will work with you to help ensure that your needs are met or your concerns are appropriately addressed.
How do I get started?
The best way to get started is by discussing your child's care needs with their doctor. Then, simply give Salus Homecare a call and we'll work with you to take care of the rest.
How long does the service last?
Pediatric care services are not provided for a specific period of time. Rather, services can continue as long as your child's needs exist and your child continues to meet the guidelines established by your insurance provider.
Why should I choose Salus?
Salus offers your child and family with expert, nurturing care that enhances quality of life. At Salus, we are "Always There" and provide your family with a variety of choices in care to best meet your needs and help you reach your goals.

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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 Home Health 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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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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Hospice FAQs

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Patients should always feel empowered to make their own health care decisions, and having a conversation with your primary care physician about hospice care can help to make that happen. In addition to discussing hospice with your doctor, it is also sometimes helpful to have a conversation about it with a trusted therapist, clergy member, friends and family.

Patients do sometimes recover from terminal illnesses, and those who are participating in Salus Homecare’s hospice can be discharged. If necessary, Salus Homecare can continue to provide other services including in home care, in home nursing care or therapeutic services once hospice care is discontinued. Clients can also choose to be fully discharged from our care without facing any penalty.

Some clients do have a need for special equipment. If this applies to you, Salus Homecare’s medical social workers, nurses or therapists will assist you in obtaining the things you need. Medicare and private insurance often pay for this equipment as well.

Family is an integral part of a person’s support system, and they should always remain as involved in the care process as they would like to be. Salus Homecare’s hospice exists to support you and your loved ones and will never deter them from remaining involved.

Medicare and private insurance typically will not pay for 24 hour hospice care. For hours when our professionals are not in the home, we recommend supplementing with support from friends, family or volunteers. If these resources are not available to you, Salus Homecare can also arrange for additional help from our in home aides. In an emergency situation, our Care Managers and hospice team will always remain on call to assist you.

Hospice care does not do anything to hasten death or in any way postpone it. Salus Homecare’s hospice will provide you with specialized care, pain management and the benefit of our extensive wealth of knowledge throughout the dying process.

There is no requirement for an individual to be homebound to receive care through Salus Homecare’s hospice. In fact, we encourage our clients to remain as active as they are safely able to and continue visiting with friends and family for as long as possible.

The hospice program is designed to provide support and pain management in the end stages of life. It is not designed to administer any medications or therapies to treat the condition or cure it. If an individual believes that he has not exhausted all treatment options, we encourage him to discuss this with his primary care physician and establish the best plan of care for his condition.

No. Choosing Salus Homecare’s hospice means that you value life and want to spend every second of it surrounded by all that you love. Choosing hospice means removing yourself from the stress and worry that often surround constant hospitalizations and intensive treatments and refocusing your energy on the people and things that are important to you.

Living longer than six months in no way changes your hospice care. As long as your primary care physician continues to diagnose you with a terminal condition and resulting life expectancy of six months or less, Salus Homecare’s hospice can continue.

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Salus also provides support with non-medical needs through our home care services and short-term or long-term nursing assistance through our home health services.

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