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Support at Home to Assist with Managing Symptoms Associated with Serious Illness

A serious medical condition can be stressful for you and your family to manage alone, and that sometimes makes it difficult to focus on quality of life. A trusted hospice care team can make the difference, supporting your goals with physical, emotional and spiritual support that helps you to feel more comfortable and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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I've Been Diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Illness and Have So Much on My Mind

The thought of a life-limiting diagnosis is often scary and it’s common to have a lot of questions and concerns about your options and path forward. It’s normal to feel scared, and addressing your uncertainties is an important part of the process. With the help of your doctors and nurses and careful consideration about the pros and cons of hospice care services, it’s easier to focus on preparing yourself for this end stage of life and making the decisions that you and your family can find peace and comfort in.

Having conversations with your medical care team is an important part of this process. Asking questions about what you can expect, symptom management and your own life expectancy can help you to feel better prepared to make important decisions about whether or not hospice is the right choice for you. Salus case managers will work closely with you and your primary doctor to ensure that your continued care is as seamless as possible and nursing care, therapeutic services, emotional and spiritual support are made available without delay.

How Salus Hospice Care Can Help You Navigate a Life-Limiting Medical Condition

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 care offers the right support after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness with our physical, emotional and spiritual services. To enter hospice care, your physician must certify that your life expectancy is six months or less if your illness follows its normal course. However, this does not mean that you will only live six months. In fact, quality hospice care can help you to remain free from pain for a longer period of time so that you enjoy a higher quality of life for whatever time you have left. There is in specific amount of time you can remain in hospice care as long as your doctor continues to certify that it is necessary and beneficial. No, for adults, hospice care does not begin until the decision is made to discontinue curative treatments and instead focus on comfort and quality of life. Palliative care is the program for patients who are still receiving curative treatments. No, you will never be forced to take any medications. It is our goal to work with you to find a medication plan that relieves discomfort while ensuring that you maintain your independence for as long as possible. This improves quality of life in the end stage of life. Hospice care relieves stress for you and your family members. It also provides essential social work services, connecting your family with important community resources and helping to ensure that you have the information you need to have important discussions about your living will, power of attorney, will and other topics. This can improve communication for you and your family members and give you more time to focus on the things that matter most. Yes, our bereavement counselors remain available to support your loved ones after you pass. This can help them to have an easier time navigating the grieving process and finding their own inner strength. Once your doctor certifies the need for hospice care, services can begin very quickly. Contact Salus to schedule your consultation and create your personalized plan of care.

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