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Los Angeles Palliative Care Services

Advanced Care Planning

Advanced care planning involves making decisions about the care you will receive and any final wishes and goals. Reflecting on the things that are most important to you and understanding all options is essential as you make these important decisions

  • Social Work Case Management
  • Information Regarding Wills & Power of Attorney
  • Advanced Directive Planning
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Curative Care

Support in managing any distressing or uncomfortable side effects associated with a serious medical condition. Physical and emotional curative care enhances quality of life and often helps treatment to be more successful.

  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Emotional Support
  • Comfort Care
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Symptom Management

Effectively managing any uncomfortable or painful symptoms associated with a life-threatening diagnosis. Support is determined after an evaluation of the patient's precise needs and includes medications, therapy and non-medical care.

  • Medication Management
  • Communication with Medical Team
  • Complimentary Non-Medical Treatments
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What is Palliative Care?

What is Palliative Care?

If you or a loved one are faced with a serious illness, palliative care provides a higher level of medical support. This support offers relief from the symptoms and stress associated with your disease. This family-centered approach is beneficial alongside curative treatments to improve quality of life, help you better understand treatment options and better manage any symptoms associated with your condition.

Palliative care is complimentary to your doctor’s plan for curative care. It enhances quality of life and provides you with important comfort measures, pain and symptom management tools and emotional support. Side effects that commonly accompany aggressive treatments include stomach distress, shortness of breath, physical and mental exhaustion and muscle spasms. With curative care and in close consult with your primary care physician, palliative care nurses assist in shortening the duration or severity of these side effects. Coping with your disease is then a more manageable experience.

Reducing the symptoms associated with a complex medical diagnosis often assists a patient in tolerating more aggressive curative treatments and makes day-to-day life more enjoyable. When symptoms are properly managed, you can focus more on spending time with loved ones and enjoying life because emotional and physical distress feel less cumbersome.

Advanced care planning is about making important decisions about what might come while living with a complex illness. Practical help in managing paperwork, connecting with community support organizations and understanding your options makes this process easier and helps ensure your goals and values are honored as you are making these impactful decisions.

Who Benefits from Palliative Care Services?

Who Benefits from Palliative Care Services?

Our South Bay palliative care program is appropriate for any patients faced with a serious illness, and especially those who are receiving more aggressive curative treatments. Services can be used in conjunction with your doctor’s treatment plan and often help to improve outcomes. Serious illnesses may include many forms of cancer, HIV, advanced liver disease and other conditions. Our palliative care services can begin even very early after your diagnosis.

Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?

Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?

Once your doctor orders palliative care services as medically necessary, the program is considered a covered expense under Medicare, MediCal or the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Most private insurance companies also offer coverage (refer to your plan details for specifics). The medical portions of palliative care – physician and nursing services – are typically covered at 100%. Most insurance programs also cover social work services. Salus is here to help you contact with your provider and determine the specifics of your coverage.

Palliative Care

A diagnosis of a serious illness that alters one's life can impact quality of life, especially while pursuing curative options and living with the temporary and permanent changes that the disease brings. Throughout this time in life, having the right balance of physical and emotional support is the best assurance that you can live each day to the fullest. Palliative care support may even improve your prognosis. Salus Palliative Care in South Bay provides this level of support, right at home. Our interdisciplinary team puts measures in place so you experience less pain and discomfort and more opportunities to realize your goals while safely maintaining your independence.

What are the typical goals of care for this type of service?
Comfort and symptom management; Maintain comfort and quality of life after the diagnosis of a serious illness and while curative treatments continue; care for physical, emotional, and family needs. Reduces suffering and enhances curative treatments. Improve the quality of life for both the patient and family.
Why choose this type of care?
Patients choose this type of care to receive support with pain management and symptom relief while undergoing curative treatments for a serious medical condition. Patient also receives assistance with regard to next steps throughout the progression of their illness.
What kind of services are available?
Interdisciplinary team provides nursing care, pain management, . Patient's physician arranges Medical Equipment and Medications; must be authorized by insurance.
Who pays for this service?
Palliative care is typically a covered service through Medicare, MediCal, VA Benefits, and most private insurance companies. Payment for nursing support is often covered at 100%. Coverage for other services can vary, depending on plan.
How often does the care happen?
Intermittent visits are provided by the Palliative Care Team as needed and according to an individualized plan that the team creates with the patient, their doctor and other medical and palliative care professionals.
Who is involved in the delivery of care?
Palliative care is ordered by the patient's primary physician and may include visits by a RN or Nurse Practitioner, medical social work services and a consultation with a non-denominational spiritual care advisor.
Who determines what care is delivered?
The patient's palliative Care Team, led by a Nurse Practitioner, communicates with the patient's physician to develop a unique care plan. The goal of the plan is to meet the precise needs of the patient and family. Palliative care services also include Advanced Care Planning discussions related to end of life goals.
Is a physician order required?
Yes an order is required.
Is anything else required?
The patient must meet the homebound definition required for palliative care.
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
This depends on the plan that will be paying for services, the precise description of why equipment is needed and what equipment is needed.
How do I get started?
Have a discussion with your primary care physician and contact Salus Homecare for a consultation and evaluation (free of charge).
How long does the service last?
As long as patient meets eligibility guidelines for palliative care. Should the patient's condition decline to the point that curative treatments are no longer beneficial or desired, many patients choose Salus Hospice to best meet their holistic needs with support from an experienced end of life care staff.
Why choose Salus?
Salus is a highly rated and accredited agency that offers the patient and family precise 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

A terminal diagnosis is disconcerting, bringing with it so many emotions and a lot of uncertainty. At this time in life, it's difficult to express the value of professional, compassionate hospice care. This is a time to surround yourself with support and enjoy each moment with the people you love most. As part of your support network, Salus Homecare of Los Angeles’ hospice care provides spiritual, emotional and physical assistance. Our goal is to empower you to make the most of each moment. With the help of our interdisciplinary care team, you can discover freedom from pain and more opportunities to realize your end of life goals.

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
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
How do I get started?
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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Home Health

We all experience medically fragile times in our lives when extra assistance can mean the difference between achieving health and longevity and experiencing life altering deteriorations. If you are searching for medical assistance to help you recover faster or maintain your health, the professionals at Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County are ready to assist. Our skilled in home nurses and therapists can help you to reach your goals faster and remain comfortably at home. They work in collaboration with your doctors and create effective care plans that offer substantial benefits. When you are ready to take charge of your health and recovery, let us know. Request a free, no obligation consultation by clicking the link below.

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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Home Care

Home care programs offer valuable support when some of life’s most basic tasks become complicated. At Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County, our home health programs address the exact tasks that you need help with the most and support your goals, all in the comfort of home. Services are personalized, one on one and available whenever you need them most. You deserve the best home care, and our nationally accredited agency delivers it. Click on the link below and request your free, no obligation consultation today.

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?
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.
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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Los Angeles Palliative Care FAQs

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Palliative care is accessible at any point in your illness and can be used alongside curative treatments. Hospice care offers the highest level of support and is appropriate when a patient has a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its expected course. Most patients stop curative treatments when hospice care is put in place (this is a requirement of the program for adult patients). Both hospice and palliative care offer professional support, comfort and pain management, as well as emotional and spiritual support to enhance your quality of life.

Palliative care is first and foremost focused on your comfort, so you can enjoy a higher quality of life. Home health is typically focused on helping patients to better manage health conditions or remain compliant with medical orders after a hospitalization, accident or illness. The educational component in palliative care is also unique, as it’s geared toward ensuring you understand your health condition and current and future treatment options. As illnesses that warrant palliative care are also often life-threatening, this program includes emotional and spiritual support. Our professional team assists in providing coping strategies to help you deal with the challenges and make informed decisions that are based on the outcomes of curative treatments and all that lies ahead.

Cancer patients can often qualify for palliative care. Begin by having a conversation with your doctor to determine if palliative care is the right choice for you. In most cases, if you have difficulty managing pain or experience uncomfortable symptoms associated with your treatment, the complimentary services offered by palliative care are an ideal option to help you to feel more comfortable. Palliative care makes it possible to better focus on your treatment. Many patients also find the emotional and case management support to be beneficial.

Knowing you have support eases many of the burdens your loved ones may be experiencing and can help them to feel confident in assisting in providing you with care. Your doctors and other professionals who may be assisting you will also benefit from the enhanced communication offered by palliative care professionals. We provide an extra layer of support which ultimately assists in improving your quality of life and the quality of life for your family members.

Yes, Salus provides all palliative care services in the comfort of your home with professionals who visit at times that are convenient for your schedule and routines.

The schedule for visits varies and is dependent upon your illness, needs and doctor’s orders. Precise information will be available during your consultation and as we work with you and your medical team to develop a comprehensive and individualized care plan.

Palliative care can help to provide you with relief from your symptoms, including exhaustion. This often makes it easier to continue with treatment and resume with activities that help you to enjoy a higher quality of life.

No, the Salus team works with your doctor and values the relationship she has with you. Our palliative care services compliment the care you are currently receiving and enhance communication with the medical professionals you have placed your trust in.

If you have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, begin by asking your doctor some simple questions about what comes next, what your treatment plan might look like, and what symptoms you might expect as you continue with treatment. This is a good lead in to a conversation about palliative care. If your doctor is unsure about palliative care or lacks information about the program, call us. We’ll be happy to answer questions, provide information, and support you in making the decision that is right for you.

Our palliative care services in South Bay provide emotional support and family support that makes it easier to enjoy a higher quality of life while you continue to seek curative treatment for your serious medical condition. Additionally, our case management services make it easier to manage paperwork and communicate with your medical team.

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