Popular Home Health Questions
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How can I know that my home health nurse is qualified?
Salus Homecare of Los Angeles holds industry leading standards for all of our Los Angeles, Ventura County and Orange County home health employees. They must undergo an extensive interview process that includes a background check, request for references and review of any education, licensure or certifications. Additionally, our home health nurses regularly participate in mandatory trainings to update their skills and stay informed about the latest health care and home care innovations.
Can I receive home health services without having been hospitalized?
Yes. While a significant number of our referrals do come from hospital discharge planners, we also work with area primary care physicians and specialists in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County. Many choose to refer patients to Salus Homecare of Los Angeles first because of our high standards and national accreditation.
Do you only service seniors? Will a home health nurse always be in my home?
No. Salus Homecare of Los Angeles provides home care and home health services to adults of all ages in Los Angeles, Ventura County and Orange County. Skilled nursing and therapeutic services are made available to individuals who need assistance long term, short term or intermittently.
Will your nurses manage my non-medical needs?
Home health nurses are medical professionals with a very specific skill set. Their primary responsibility is to assist you with medically indicated recovery or maintenance needs. They will assist with some activities of daily living while spending time in your home, but they do not complete housekeeping tasks or provide transportation. For clients who would benefit from non-medical assistance, we often recommend our home care services. Many clients choose to utilize both in home health and in home care services for this very reason.
How much do home health services cost?
The cost of our services varies greatly depending on how many hours of care you are provided with and which services you select or your doctor prescribes. Salus Homecare of Los Angeles offers very flexible scheduling which often helps clients to control the costs, and we are happy to assist you by filing directly with Medicare, the Veteran’s Administration, Medi-Cal or you private insurance company.
How will my doctor stay involved while I’m receiving home health care?
Salus Homecare of Los Angeles is not a substitute for your primary care physician or any medical specialists. Our goal is to enhance your recovery or help you maintain your highest level of independence and health, and we will work with your doctor to achieve it. Your doctor will write the initial order requesting home health care, and we will involve him in creating your care plan and making any updates to it along the way.
If I need more than one nurse and a therapist, how can I possibly manage all those schedules?
With Salus Homecare of Los Angeles, you never have to worry about managing schedules. We will ensure that nurses and therapists visit you at times that are convenient, and their care will only overlap if it is medically appropriate. We also have care managers on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week in case you ever need to make a last minute scheduling change or have an emergency.
Do I have to give my home health nurse a key to my home?
It is not necessary to provide any of our home health professionals with a key to your home. As long as you can get to the door to let them in for scheduled visits or have a family member or friend who can assist, there is no need. If you are not able to get to the door and do not have anyone to assist, our care manager can discuss this with you and come up with a solution you are comfortable with.
What is the difference between home health care and hospice?
Both home health care and hospice provide medically indicated, comprehensive care in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County, but home health care focuses on patient rehabilitation and the management of chronic medical conditions. Hospice focuses on supporting terminally ill patients and managing pain, and it is only appropriate for those with a life expectancy of six months or less.