What is Hospice?
If you or a loved one are faced with a terminal illness, Orange County hospice care might be the right choice. This family-centered, holistic approach to the end stages of life offers pain management, emotional healing and spiritual comfort in the home environment.
Hospice’s physical care provides effective pain management that can help you to live each day to the fullest. Our caring professionals work in collaboration with the hospice medical director and your personal physician to provide quality, compassionate and dignified care.
- Certifies the terminal prognosis
- Assesses patient needs, manages symptoms, prescribes treatment
- Coordinates care with the interdisciplinary team
- Assesses patient and family spiritual needs
- Develops a plan of care to meet identified needs
- Provides direct counseling
- Assists with memorial preparations
- Provides consultations to community clergy
- Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy consult and Dietician consult as need is determined by hospice.
- Alternative therapies to provide comfort and support to meet the patients needs.
- Provides companionship, support to patient and family
- Provides needed non-medical services; letter writing, errands, respite time for family
- Provides life review opportunities
- Provides direct personal care to patient
- Provides comfort measures, report identified needs to RN case manager
- Provides emotional support to patient and family
- Assesses patient and family needs
- Develops plan of care to meet identified needs
- Coordinates team visits and ensure implementation of approved plan of care
- Coordinates care with attending physician, primary caregiver and/or facility staff
- Ensures symptom control and pain management
- Provides patient/family teaching as needed
- Co-certifies the terminal prognosis with attending physician
- Leads the interdisciplinary team in the development of a plan of care
- Provides consultation to other physicians regarding hospice care
Physical Hospice Care Includes:
- Medication Management
- Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy
- Wound Care
- Monitoring of Vital Signs
- Updating Your Physician About Progress, Setbacks or Concerns
Facing an end of life health condition can leave you feeling scared, confused, uncertain and alone. The emotional support provided by our Hospice caregivers helps clients to explore these emotions and come to terms with this final stage of life.
Emotional Hospice Care Includes:
- Social Worker Case Management
- Bereavement Counseling for Your Loved Ones
- Volunteer Support
When diagnosed with a terminal illness, deep doubt and questions are common. In most cases, speaking with a spiritual advisor helps to calm some of these emotions and renew feelings of acceptance, contentment and preparedness for the end of life’s journey.
Spiritual Hospice Care Includes:
- Supports all belief systems
- Provides opportunities for one on one conversations with hospice chaplains
- Assist clients in reconnecting with their house of worship, if they choose
- Offer opportunities to mend family relationships
- Provide literature and other materials that can help individuals cope with death
Who Benefits from Hospice?
When a patient is facing a life-limiting illness, it is always for a physician to discuss all treatment options, and this should include a conversation about hospice care. Most patients enter Salus Homecare’s Orange County hospice with a life expectancy of six months or less, and we require a physician’s referral for admission.
Who Pays for Hospice?
For clients who are referred to hospice by their primary physician, payment is typically provided by Medicare, MediCal or the Department of Veterans Affairs at 100% coverage. Private insurance also offers a hospice benefit, but clients should check with their individual provider for specifics on coverage.
To read more FAQs, click here. If you have any specific questions, feel free to call our 24/7 hotline at (888) 725-8742
My Mom is facing a terminal illness. Should we wait for her doctor to suggest hospice or bring the subject up ourselves?
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.
What happens if I enter hospice and my condition improves?
Patients do sometimes recover from terminal illnesses, and those who are participating in Salus Homecare’s Orange County 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.
Do I have to purchase any special equipment when entering hospice?
Some clients do have a need for special equipment. If this applies to you, Salus Homecare’s Orange County 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.