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Riverside County Hospice Care at Home

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Emotional Support

Coping Support for patients and families. Bereavement care is an aspect of emotional care that continues after the patient passes, offering additional support for an extended period.

  • Counseling
  • Social Work Case Management
  • Family Bereavement Counseling
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Physical Support

Monitoring symptoms and helping the patient to better manage pain in an effort to improve quality of life. The hospice physician oversees services, and medications are monitored and administered by trained nurses.

  • Medication Management
  • Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy
  • Wound Care & Monitoring Vital Signs
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Spiritual Support

Assists patients and family members in exploring spiritual concerns. Spiritual support is non-denominational and appropriate for non-believers too.

  • 1:1 Confidential Chaplain Conversations
  • Reconnect with a House of Worship (if desired)
  • Provide Access to Literature for Coping and Understanding
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What Differentiates Salus Hospice in Riverside?

What Differentiates Salus Hospice in Riverside?

You have options when choosing a hospice care provider in Riverside County. WHO you choose makes all the difference.

RN Model of Care – Our Riverside County hospice patients and families benefit from the continuity of care they receive through consistent RN Case Management visits from one RN who is assigned to monitor their care.

Staffing Ratios – We highly value our Riverside County and Temecula hospice nurses and recognize that providing individualized care is made easier when caseloads remain low.

  • It is common in the home hospice industry in Riverside County for a case manager to manage upwards of 20 cases.
  • Our Sun City RN Case Managers are tasked with ensuring personalized care for between 12 – 14 cases each.
  • This allows more time for one-on-one focus and results in optimal clinical and emotional outcomes for our Riverside County hospice patients and their family caregivers.

Data Supports Our Practices – Continuous analysis of data informs our Riverside County hospice care decisions as we work to improve quality of care for our home hospice patients.

  • Salus overwhelmingly receives 5-star Google ratings from hospice care patients and families across our service areas.
What is Hospice?

What is Hospice?

Hospice care is a support service that offers comfort to patients who are faced with a terminal diagnosis and their family members. Hospice care at home makes it possible for patients to return to a familiar place where they can find comfort while continuing to receive pain management services and emotional and spiritual support during this often difficult time in life. This is often the ideal choice for patients who have decided not to pursue ineffective or physically emotionally and physically invasive curative treatments and instead are looking for a family-centered, holistic approach to care in the end stage of life.

Hospice’s physical care provides the support necessary to more effectively manage the pain and side effects that are often associated with terminal illnesses. When pain is appropriately managed, patients often find that it is easier to maintain some level of independence, joy in life and general quality of life. This makes it possible to live each day to the fullest. Salus Hospice professionals work with you, your family and your physician to create an effective and personalized hospice care plan, providing the best level of support for you needs and enhancing quality of life.

Feelings of fear, isolation and anxiety are common for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal health condition. Exploring these emotions is important, and it can help many to feel more confident as they move through the stages of their disease. The emotional support provided by Salus Hospice in Riverside County helps patients to better understand and cope with difficult emotions, and it can help family members too, improving quality of life even in this difficult time in life.

After a terminal health diagnosis, spiritual beliefs often become ever-present in the mind. Most patients have questions or doubts, and some may turn toward their beliefs to find comfort and reassurance about what comes next. Speaking with a spiritual advisor helps many patients to navigate their thoughts, calm fears and cope with even the most difficult of emotions. This can make their personal path easier and help them feel more at peace with both the life that is behind them and what lies ahead.

Who Benefits from Hospice?

Who Benefits from Hospice?

Patients in Riverside County with a terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of six-months or less if the disease follows its expected course can benefit from Salus hospice care. While this is not the only option available to patients with terminal illnesses, it is one that helps many to feel more comfortable, confident and reassured about what’s ahead. Riverside County patients in hospice care can remain at home, surrounded by family and friends. To receive home hospice care, a physician’s referral is necessary.

Who Pays for Hospice? Does Medicare cover Hospice? Does MediCal cover hospice?

Who Pays for Hospice? Does Medicare cover Hospice? Does MediCal cover hospice?

After your primary physician has stated that you qualify for hospice care in Riverside County, most major insurance companies as well as Medicare, MediCal and the Department of Veterans Affairs will cover hospice services at 100%. The majority of private insurance companies also offer coverage for hospice care, but that coverage can vary by provider. Clients should check their individual plans to determine coverage limits and specifics. If you need help, Salus Hospice in Riverside County is always here for you.

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

Home Health in Riverside County

Confidently return home post hospital discharge or better manage your chronic health condition and reduce the risk of health setbacks with the right support. Our home health care assists you in remaining safe and comfortable and reaching your goals.

What are the typical goals of care for home health service?
To regain optimal level of function/health. Promote the patient's ability to move, remain free of pain, restore function and prevent disability.
Why choose this type of care?
To regain optimal health and resume the previous level of function and independence at home.
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 home health service?
Medicare, Medi-Cal, private insurance, and sometimes, self-pay. Co-pays may apply based on plan.
How often does the care happen?
Determined by the patient's physician. Typically, visits occur intermittently over a 30-60 day time period, depending on 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 services, delivered by skilled and/or trained professionals.
Who determines what care is delivered?
The patient's doctor makes this determination.
Is a physician order required?
Yes and no. Services can be delivered without a physician's orders, but most insurance companies will require a physician's orders in order for home health to be a covered expense.
Is anything else required?
Patient must meet homebound requirements.
If equipment is needed (i.e. hospital bed, walker) who pays for that?
This depends on the plan providing coverage and the doctor's determination of patient's needs.
How do I get started?
Have a discussion with your doctor, and give Salus a call to schedule a home health assessment.
How long does the service last?
As long as the patient has the potential for improvement with restorative treatment and continues to meet insurance eligibility guidelines.
Why choose Salus for my home health needs?
Salus is a 5-star rated service provider and we offer the patient and family trusted, expert and nurturing care during all phases of a patient's healthcare journey. At Salus we are "Always There," value the patient's input, and prioritize their goals.
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Hospice at Home in Riverside County

A terminal diagnosis comes with a variety of emotions including fear, acceptance, anxiety and relief. At this time in life, compassionate care is essential, as is the professional support from an accredited Riverside County hospice care team. Having this type of support makes it easier to live free from pain so that you have more time to focus on the people and things that you love the most. As part of your support network, Salus Homecare of Riverside County’s hospice provides spiritual, emotional and physical assistance, empowering you to live each day to the fullest. With the help of our Riverside County interdisciplinary care team, experiencing a sense of dignity and realizing your personal goals becomes easier, providing relief to you and your family members.

What is hospice care and what are its purposes?
Hospice care affirms life and regards dying as a normal part of life's processes. It provides comfort and pain and symptom management; Helps patients to maintain comfort and quality of life during the end stages of a terminal illness for which opportunities for a cure have been exhausted or curative measures are no longer desired; offers care for physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family members.
Why should I choose hospice care at home?
Hospice care at home empowers you to remain in the comfort of a familiar environment, surrounded by the people and things that you love the most after the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Hospice patients typically forgo curative treatments and instead focus on remaining comfortable and pain-free while they spend time with family caregivers, have meaningful conversations and make final decisions peacefully.
If I begin hospice care and my condition improves, what happens next?
It is sometimes possible for a patient to recover from a terminal illness. Should that happen to a patient on hospice care, the patient can easily be discharged from care. When appropriate, Salus might suggest home care, home health or palliative care as an alternative. If the patient wishes to return to hospice care at a later time, there is no penalty.
Will I need special medical equipment while in hospice care?
This question is not easy to answer without assessing your condition and needs. However, if medical equipment is needed, your Riverside County hospice social worker, nurse or therapist will make any necessary referrals and help you in obtaining it. In most cases, necessary medical equipment is covered under Medicare or private insurance.
Will my family have to step away from providing care and support?
No, Salus Hospice of Riverside County encourages family caregiver involvement to whatever extent you are comfortable with. We will provide support and training to ensure your family caregivers are prepared to provide pain management and other hospice care and receive the respite time they need to step away and continue meeting their own needs without compromising your health or safety.
Is hospice care an around the clock service?
Medicare and private insurance typically will not cover 24-hour hospice care in Riverside County, and that level of care is often unnecessary too except perhaps in the final days and hours of life. Friends, family members and volunteers can often provide supplemental support when professional hospice team members are not in your home. Salus Hospice can also arrange supplementary in home care if you choose. These options can all be discussed when we sit down together and create your personalized hospice plan of care.
Does accepting hospice care mean I will die soon?
Hospice care does not hasten or postpone death in any way. The support you’ll receive with this service provides comfort, pain management and reassurance from a professional team that can improve quality of life for whatever time you have left.
Is it a requirement that a person be homebound while receiving hospice care?
Many patients are homebound while receiving hospice care in Riverside County, but this is by no means a requirement. In fact, we encourage you to stay connected to your community and continue to enjoy the things you love most for as long as possible.
Will hospice care provide me with a cure for my disease?
Hospice care cannot cure your disease, and that is not the intent of the program. It is designed to provide support and comfort in the end stages of life. While on hospice care in Riverside County, curative treatments are discontinued and the focus shifts to pain management and comfort measures.
I am ready to pursue hospice care, but I’m not ready to give up on life. Is that okay?
Yes, it’s absolutely okay. We encourage you to enjoy every moment you have left and our professional hospice team wants to provide the support necessary to improve quality of life. Choosing hospice means removing the stress, worry and anxiety involved in constant trips to the hospital or ineffective curative treatments and refocusing your energy on the people and things that matter most to you.
Who is involved in the delivery of hospice care?
Your interdisciplinary team will include hospice doctors, nurses, therapists, a chaplain and medical social workers. Your primary care physician will also always remain involved as we develop an effective plan of care.
Is a physician's order required for hospice care?
Yes, you must have an order from your doctor stating that you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and your life expectancy is six months or less if the disease follows its normal course. Hospice patients can live longer than six months, and services are not discontinued as long as the physician continues to deem them necessary and beneficial.
How do I get started?
At Salus we are "Always There" and provide the patient and family caregivers with choices across the continuum of care. If you are in need of hospice care at home, simply call us, and we can discuss your options, contact your physician and assess you for services.
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Hospice FAQs

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There are many benefits to starting hospice care earlier, so a patient should never feel like they have to wait for a referral. Encourage your loved one to discuss options with their physician as soon as possible so you can make an informed choice and one that enhances quality of life for whatever time your mom has left.

There is no one definite timeline for how long a person with a terminal illness will live once in hospice care. However, what home hospice can provide is a higher quality of life for whatever amount of time the patient has left. For some, this may be days or weeks, and for others, months or even years.

In most cases, medical equipment necessary for your care is part of your covered hospice benefit. Our Riverside County hospice social worker, nurse or therapist will assist you in obtaining any necessary equipment and can help you with the filing process to ensure the costs are covered. This process will begin with an assessment where we can better determine the specifics of any necessary medical equipment.

Yes, the Salus Hospice team welcomes the involvement of family caregivers in Riverside County to whatever extend you and they are comfortable with. Our hospice nurses can assist with appropriate training for administering pain medications. We can also provide respite support to ensure that your loved one doesn’t feel burnt out or overwhelmed by their family caregiver responsibilities. While our primary goal is to support you, we will do whatever we can to support your loved ones too.

Salus Hospice in Riverside County works closely with you, your doctor and your family to determine the most appropriate hospice care plan as part of our initial assessment. Additionally, our nursing, social work and therapy team will make recommendations as to the which services are best for you, and these services can be easily adjusted should your needs change. Our goal is always to create a plan of care that is supportive, beneficial and empowering, and we work diligently with each patient to ensure that happens.

In hospice care, the focus shifts from curing a disease to providing pain management, comfort and support. However, you are never contracted in any way to continue with hospice care in Riverside County. If you choose to resume curative treatments, hospice care be discontinued at any time. We can also discuss options including home health or palliative care if that is appropriate. If you later decide to return to hospice care in Riverside County, services can be resumed without penalty.

Your hospice care can continue for as long as you need us if your primary care physician continues to diagnose you with a terminal condition and resulting life expectancy of six months or less if the illness follows its expected course.

No, your primary care physician is an important part of your support system and will remain involved in your care throughout your hospice care experience. Your Salus Hospice care team will work closely with your physician and ensure that the lines of communication remain open. Working with us can help you to prevent any unnecessary delays in obtaining pain medication and equipment, as well as unnecessary hospital readmissions, thereby helping you to remain comfortable and focused on spending time with the people you love.

No, a Salus Hospice nurse care manager will visit you in your home or at the hospital and complete a thorough assessment for services. At that time, our care manager will spend time with you and your family members to learn about your routines. We’ll also coordinate with you and your primary care physician to discuss goals and develop the most beneficial plan of care.

To begin hospice care, contact your doctor to determine eligibility or call Salus Hospice and we will assist you through this process. Once it has been determined that home hospice care is appropriate for you, services can begin very quickly.

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