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Finding Support While You Age in Place

The complex nature of the aging process means that many of us will one day experience an event that makes it necessary to find support. Planning ahead can make it easier to know which services are available and who to contact should you need to access them. It’s also a great way to start conversations with an aging loved one so that care decisions are never rushed and the senior feels more involved and receptive to support should their needs more permanently change or temporarily increase.

Salus’ integrated services are the perfect place to start as you’re beginning to research your current or future home care, home health, palliative care or hospice care needs. Our care managers evaluate each client with the intent of better understanding your challenges and goals and finding the perfect match of services to meet your individual needs. Whether you choose homecare services or skilled services, we’ll deliver one-on-one care in the comfort of home, helping to make this process successful and rewarding – one that promotes dignity and empowers you to live your best life every day.

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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No. Many family caregivers feel as if they have no idea what they’re getting into when they start on this journey. Learning comes through some trial and error, as well as having faith in the professionals who have traveled down this road many times before you. Our team’s expertise, knowledge and well- developed skillset can make it easier for you to feel empowered, in control and better prepared to meet your loved one’s needs. Many factors are involved in the process of determining what level of care is right for you or your loved ones. You, your family, your doctor and your Salus case manager will all be involved. We’ll perform an initial assessment where your physical and emotional needs will be evaluated and addressed, and we’ll ask lots of questions about your challenges and goals too. From there, we can make recommendations about the right care services for you and your family. Yes. Salus offers integrated services to meet a variety of needs, and combining different services is often appropriate. As an example: the person who is returning home after having surgery might need home health to assist with doctor ordered medical needs and home care to provide support with transportation, meal preparation and personal care while they focus on healing. The type of services you need will determine who pays for them. In the most general terms, hospice, palliative care and home health are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid, MediCal or private insurance. Homecare services are often self-pay, but some long-term care plans will also sometimes provide coverage. We will help you to better understand your options, file any paperwork and develop a care plan that makes sense for your family. Salus Homecare is accredited by the Joint Commission. What that means for you is that we hold ourselves to the highest standards for homecare, home health, palliative care and hospice care. We continuously evaluate our practices and patient care standards and look for ways to make improvements. This benefits our team, the industry that we are proudly a part of, and most importantly, every client we serve. Activities of daily living are essential tasks that we all must perform everyday to remain independent. They include meeting hygiene needs, getting dressed, transferring from laying down to sitting or sitting to standing and managing toileting needs. While seemingly simple, these tasks often involve multiple steps, and they can sometimes be challenging after a surgery or illness or for some seniors throughout the aging process. In addition to speaking with your doctor and contacting our agency, there are many books and websites that can be helpful as you explore your options. The AARP, nahc.org and the Alzheimer’s Association are great places to start. The Salus team would be happy to speak with you to learn more about your specific needs and make further recommendations for resources that might help.

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