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Recently Become Aware of a Terminal Illness

After receiving an incurable disease diagnosis for which treatment is no longer appropriate, maintaining positivity and purpose is essential. A trusted hospice team surrounds you with the physical, emotional and spiritual support your family needs to find comfort and remain focused on making memories, spending time together and all that matters most.

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I work at an assisted living home. I’ve been doing this work for a long time, seen a lot of hospice. Salus came in and got to know my resident and all of us. The communication with the nurses is amazing. Whenever I had a question or concern, I could call or text and know in minutes. My resident had something to look forward to weekly with the pampering of the shower aide not just a shower or bath, but nails and massage. I would recommend this company to everybody. Thank you so much for the great care. We look forward to working together again.

Nikki S. Maricopa County April 11, 2024

My father entered hospice with Salus in Arizona in September 2023. The Arizona staff has been tremendous with him! He is always treated with respect and dignity. Sometimes he has asked to forgo his bath in order just to talk to his aide. And they all take the time to listen. As I do not reside in Arizona, I appreciate the abundant communication with his “team” who check in with me and keep me up to date with his needs. I would highly recommend Salus to anyone in the Phoenix area.

Karen S. Maricopa County Apr 11, 2024
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My Incurable Disease Has Me Feeling Lost and Afraid

When faced with a terminal health condition for which a cure is not anticipated, it’s common to feel anxious and afraid. Family and friends play an important role in helping you cope and providing support, but they also may be experiencing their own struggles and uncertainties. Having the right team of professionals by your side makes managing pain easier and helps you to feel more confident pondering questions, making amends with loved ones and contemplating what it means to face unique challenges at the end of life. Ultimately, this empowers you to enjoy a higher quality of life and spend more time focusing on family, friends and everything that you love most.

Salus Hospice provides team-oriented, holistic support after a diagnosis for which you no longer wish to consider curative treatments and when you have a life expectancy of six months or less. It neither hastens nor postpones death and is always centered around compassion and helping you feel dignified in making the choices that are right for you. Our goal is to minimize pain and discomfort while offering essential emotional and spiritual care expressly tailored to your needs and goals. Support is also provided to your loved ones, helping your family to worry less and you to live fully and comfortably for whatever time you have left.

How Salus Integrated Services Can Help You Overcome a Serious Medical Illness

Hospice

A terminal diagnosis brings with it a wide range of emotions from anger and uncertainty to relief and peace. At this time in life, it is more important than ever to receive compassionate hospice care and surround yourself with the people and things that mean the most to you. As part of your support network, Salus Hospice of Maricopa County provides spiritual, emotional and physical assistance. Choosing our services means you can live each day to the fullest knowing that your health care needs are met by experienced professionals. With the help of our interdisciplinary care team, you can experience less 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, Wound care dressings).
What insurance plans cover hospice care?
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?
Medical equipment is typically included in your hospice care benefits through the VA, Medicare and private insurance plans. We will help you to determine the right equipment and assist with ordering it and ensuring it is delivered to your home.
How do I get started?
Discuss your desire for care with your physician and give Salus a call. We will schedule an assessment and work with your physician to determine eligibility for care.
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Hospice Medication Management FAQ

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Not taking pain medications as prescribed can cause serious physical and mental health side effects. The result can even be death from a significant overdose. It is important to take these medications under the careful guidance of a skilled physician and only as prescribed. Your hospice nurse will assist in administering medications, but she can also provide support, information and training so you can learn how to safely administer your own medications. Training is also available to family caregivers who might assist. Yes, if pain medications are prescribed as part of your hospice treatment plan, the cost should be covered by Medicare or your other insurance provider. Pain medication management is part of the physical care component of your care plan. It is offered alongside emotional and spiritual support as part of your care plan.

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