This note is to thank the Salus Hospice organization for the extraordinary support your staff provided to our sister this past 8 months.
We first learned of Salus from a doctor who was a colleague of our sister’s former husband, while she was a patient at Mission hospital after suffering a stroke with underlying terminal melanoma. We considered various options and elected to commit to Salus for hospice care.
With that commitment, we were immediately surrounded by all the necessary equipment, support staff, scheduling of personnel, etc. that were needed to provide a loving environment for my sister in her home. The speed and organization that was critical to us in anticipating all her support needs were totally anticipated by Salus. With Salus onboard, my sister and I could then concentrate on supporting the immediate emotional needs of our sister when she came home.
At this time, we would like to extend kudos to the special members of Salus staff who have been instrumental in providing our sister with the support and ability to be able to live the last remaining 8 months with all the joy, comfort and active lifestyle up to the very end of her life on earth.
Her case nurse treated our sister with a collegial respect – a manner that was warm, supportive, full of wonderful humor and full professional courtesy. She helped our sister with discussions of both medical and prescription options in a manner that respected her choices and enabled her to live in comfort and enjoyment without being clothed in a haze of medications which would reduce the quality of her life. Her nurse truly became an extended family member who brought information, care, humor and joy with her each and every visit.
The assigned MSW was also extremely kind as she became acquainted with and respected my sisters decisions with regard to her death process and instructions she wanted as far as who she wished to be present and help her thru the death process. She was also extremely helpful with information on death certificates and additional reference sheets after the death of a family member.
We would also like to recognize an after-hours nurse, whose visits were sooo welcome in those frantic hours when we called Salus for RN assistance during evening hours – when her assistance was needed. She truly brought sunshine into those night visits as well as provided much needed comfort and tenderness in those off hours. She is a fabulous representative of the constant availability and kindness of your staff.
Finally, a very special team member from Salus is the CHHA who provided my sister with not only showers and personal hygiene assistance every Monday, Wednesday and Friday but also provided to her a wonderful way to begin her day after she had indulged in her morning coffee routine. She brought a level of professionalism and kindness accompanied by an infectious sense of humor to my sister and is three wonderful days a week. The CHHA possess an innate sense of understanding of physical and natural emotional to my sister, her patient, with qualities that cannot be taught but rather are inherent in her person and being. She immediately became a special person in the eyes of my sister, and us. In fact, when the time came that we needed professional assistance during the night, we signed a contract with Salus with the provision that the staff member to be scheduled for my sister would ONLY be this wonderful CHHA, else we would care for my sister ourselves. Even my sister’s very protective cat, Monsieur Bello, had approved her! The CHHA was certainly a critical and essential member of the Salus team and we recognize her as a true representative of Salus. It is comforting to know that my sister’s last night on earth was in the caring hands of this wonderful lady.
Once again, our extended family thanks Salus and the caring members of your staff for all the services and kindnesses which surrounded our sister. We shall sing the praises of Salus always.
Kathy M. Orange County Sept 24, 2020
Our family just wanted to say that Salus and their staff were a godsend to use during a very difficult time. I can’t say enough about the love and care that was given to us over the month that we had your support. Please give out thanks to my husbands nurse. The night on-call nurse who I talked to several times was so supportive with saying “just call me back if you need me,” she would be there. The nurse who came out early morning, taking over to help my husband get comfortable and relieving both his stress and our stress. The bath aide was so caring, helping my husband with his bath. And what a surprise to actually have a doctor to come out to our house to check on my husband after we started with Salus. I tell people this and they say, that never happened when their loved one was on hospice. I also want to thank the social worker, who checked on me and sent me a beautiful card, and the chaplain who touched base with me. As you can see, Salus gave us, the family, comfort knowing we could call any time, day or night, and someone was actually there to help us immediately. I don’t know anything about hospice companies, but as far as our family is concerned, you shine about above any that are out there and we feel so blessed to have had you at our time of need. Thank you and may God continue to Bless your company.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
“Hospice care is so comforting. It makes it possible for me to remain at home and at peace.”
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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