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Salus Palliative Care Services

Curative Care

Support in managing the distressing side effects that often accompany a serious medical condition. Physical and emotional curative care enhances quality of life and can make treatment more successful.

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

Managing uncomfortable or painful symptoms associated with a life-threatening disease. Support is personalized and often combines the use of medications with therapy and non-medical care.

  • Medication Management
  • Communication with Medical Team
  • Complimentary Non-Medical Treatments
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Advanced Care Planning

Advanced care planning is the act of making decisions about the care you will receive as well as your final wishes and goals. Reflecting on the things that are important to you and understanding your options helps you feel confident as you make these decisions

  • Social Work Case Management
  • Information Regarding Wills & Power of Attorney
  • Advanced Directive Planning
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What is Palliative Care?

What is Palliative Care?

Are you or a loved one facing a serious illness? Is pain or discomfort preventing you from getting the most out of your treatment plan? Palliative Care can help. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious health conditions. It is appropriate at any age and usually at the later stage in your illness, and unlike with hospice, care can be provided in conjunction with curative treatment. The goal is to relieve symptoms and stress for you and your family and improve your quality of life.

Rather than taking over in providing care, palliative care acts as an extra layer of support by helping you to better manage symptoms, gain and maintain strength and prepare for the path ahead. The Salus team of doctors, nurses and other specialists works together and with you, your doctors and your family members to create an effective plan of care that addresses physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a way that enhances any treatments you might choose, makes living with a chronic health condition less burdensome for you and your loved ones so you can focus on living each day to the fullest.

Palliative care is specialized care that provides important support for patients with serious medical conditions. The focus is on providing relief from painful or uncomfortable symptoms as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their family members. Palliative care eases the burdens that many families face when a loved one is diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. The goal is always to improve quality of life and empower patients to maintain dignity, independence and value while living with their illness.

While many patients choose palliative care in the later stages of an illness, it is appropriate any time after diagnoses and for patients of all ages. Unlike with hospice care, palliative care can be offered while curative treatments continue. Some studies show that these curative treatments are more effective when palliative care is in place.

Who Benefits from Palliative Care Services?

Who Benefits from Palliative Care Services?

Anyone who is facing an illness that may alter one’s life can benefit from palliative care. Services are prescribed by a physician if they are deemed medically necessary, so it’s a good idea to have a conversation with your physician if this is a choice you are considering. Salus can help you to start this conversation with your doctor and provide additional information to help you decide if palliative care is the right choice for you.

To further gauge if palliative care is right for you, it is often helpful to answer these questions. Do you have a serious illness and symptoms that make it difficult to be as active as you would like or impact your quality of life? Have you experienced difficult side effects from treatment or problems maintaining your nutritional needs as a result of your illness? Are you in need of support as you navigate this process and better understand what to expect through the course of your illness? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, palliative care is an option that can help.

Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?

Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?

Palliative care is often covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid, MediCal and private insurance as long as your doctor states the services are medically necessary. Long-term care policies also sometimes offer palliative care benefits. Determining your specific benefits involves contacting your insurance provider. In some cases, co-pays and deductibles are applicable. Salus Case Managers can assist you in navigating and understanding your benefits and filling out paperwork to optimize your benefits and coverage amounts.

In some cases, patients need help with non-medical tasks that are not covered under palliative care. These might include assistance with personal care, transportation or meal preparation. In home care is a complimentary service to palliative care that can provide this type of assistance. This service is private pay, but scheduling can be customized so that a family only pays for the services they need and use.

How our integrated services can help with being diagnosed with a serious illness

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 Home Health 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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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 FAQs

Our Palliative Care services are below. If you need help figuring things out please give us a call: (888) 725-8742

Hospice and palliative care both offer support for a serious illness which may shorten ones life. However, hospice is typically prescribed at the end of the course of the disease, when a person has a life expectancy of six months or less. Palliative care can be prescribed at any point. If your goal is to continue curative treatments while receiving support, palliative care is the right choice for you as curative treatments are discontinued with hospice care.

Typically, palliative care is provided intermittently with professionals coming into the home to provide support with specific services such as pain management or therapy at specific times of day and for a specific number of days per week. Patients who need more support or support with non-medical tasks not covered under palliative care often choose to combine palliative care with in home care. Salus can assist you with determining the right services for your family when developing the plan of care.

Palliative care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, MediCal and most private insurance companies. While the specifics of qualifying for coverage can vary, our case managers are here to assist you in coordinating benefits and filling out appropriate paperwork to best ensure coverage for your care

Palliative care is not provided for a specific period of time. Rather, services can continue as long as your doctor deems them to be medically necessary. Throughout the course of care, our palliative care team and your doctor will assess your progress and make recommendations to ensure services remain necessary and beneficial.

Palliative care is not meant to take the place of your regular doctor. In fact, our goal is always to work in conjunction with your medical providers to ensure the care you receive optimizes quality of life. Your palliative care doctor will concentrate on preventing and alleviating pain or discomfort while your primary doctor will remain focused on your general care and disease treatment, if you choose to continue with curative treatments.

Appropriately prescribed pain medications do not hasten death. Your palliative care team will work to create a treatment plan that optimizes your independence and quality of life by making you comfortable while also keeping you safe.

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