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When we first approached Salus in regard to the care of our parents, both in their late 80’s, we had no idea what challenges lay ahead. Six years later, we can honestly say we have experienced it all, from skin tears and bed sores to digestion issues and catheter problems, and everything in between. After a short period of determining which caregivers were a good match for our parents, we settled on a group of incredibly dedicated and caring individuals from Salus, who were with our parents to the end. They became our eyes and ears for our parents’ well-being and frequently they would text us or send pictures to keep us apprised. We will be forever grateful for their service and for doing their very best to improve the quality of life of our parents. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Salus’ case manager and schedulers. They were without exception professional, caring, and competent, which helped to keep as much continuity of caregivers as possible. We highly recommend Salus to anyone requiring homecare or hospice care.

Marion B. June 15, 2019

You guys rock! Thank you for all your help from the beginning to the end.

Andrew K. March 14, 2019

San Diego Hospice Services

Salus Carlsbad

Our hospice services are accredited by the Joint Comission. If you need help figuring things out please give us a call: (888) 725-8742 

Physical Care

Pain management and the monitoring of symptoms to enhance quality of life. These services are monitored and administrated by skilled nurses and therapists.

  • Medication Management
  • Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy
  • Wound Care & Vital Sign Monitoring
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Emotional Care

Coping Support for both client and family. This support also remains available to the family after a client's passing in the form of grief counselling.

  • Counseling
  • Social Worker Case Management
  • Bereavement Counselling for Your Loved Ones
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Spiritual Care

Assists the client in exploring their spiritual concerns surrounding death and dying. Spiritual support is non-denominational and supportive of all belief systems.

  • 1-1 Conversations With Hospice Chaplains
  • Reconnecting Clients With Their House of Worship
  • Provide Literature That Can Help Individuals Cope With Death
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What is Hospice?

What is Hospice?

When you or our loved one are faced with a life-limiting illness, San Diego Hospice is an important option to consider. This family-centered and holistic hospice program helps you to make the most of life by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs in the comfort of home.

Effective pain management is a central component in the physical care hospice offers. It empowers you or your loved one to minimize feelings of discomfort and spend time enjoying every moment of life more. Professional nurses and medical social workers work in collaboration with our entire team and under the direction of the hospice medical director and your family doctor to promote dignity, comfort, and safety through life care.

As a person moves through the various stages of an end of life illness, it is common to experience a range of emotions. These often include fear, sadness, regret and anger. Hospice’s emotional support helps you to know you are not alone. Our dedicated professionals provide a safe outlet to express such emotions and help you to better develop or discover coping mechanisms. This makes it easier to come to terms with the final stage of life.

After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, many individuals question their views about the end of life and even an after-life. They may experience doubt or uncertainty. Many find comfort by speaking with a spiritual advisor. This person helps clients to find a sense of calm and purpose and renew their own beliefs, faith or inner peace.

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Any person with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of six months or less can benefit from hospice care in San Diego. As part of our admission process, Salus Homecare San Diego requires a physician’s certification for entry into the program. If you feel this might be the right program for you or a loved one, consult with your doctor.

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

Hospice care is typically covered by private insurance and Medicare, MediCal or the Department of Veterans Affairs. While many of these programs cover hospice at 100%, if you have private insurance, it is important to consult with your provider to get exact coverage details.

 

Home Health

The medical needs of a loved one can sometimes leave a family feeling overwhelmed, stressed and uncertain about the future. Often, the recommendation is to engage with a home health provider, but it can be difficult to know who to trust. At Salus Homecare of San Diego, we understand these feelings, and we just want to help. Our professional care team includes skilled nurses and qualified therapists who provide fully accredited care in the comfort of home. Our comprehensive care programs are inclusive, empowering, effective and a preferred choice for many who have been where you are today. The medical assistance you need is available anytime.

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

When a patient’s focus shifts from searching for a cure for an illness to managing pain, discovering closure and finding peace, it is more important than ever to be surrounded by an empathic, compassionate and knowledgeable support team. Salus Homecare of San Diego is an accredited hospice care provider. It is our goal to provide patient-centered care that enhances the quality of life and provides the comfort, dignity and respect you deserve throughout this difficult stage in life.

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
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
How do I get started?
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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Home Care

When the aging process or an illness or injury leave you unable to complete essential daily tasks independently, it is more important than ever to feel connected, empowered and be treated with dignity and respect. Salus Homecare of San Diego is a respected home care agency. Accredited for quality by the Joint Commission, it is our goal to surround you with the professionals you need and get you the help you deserve to meet your home based, non-medical care needs.

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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Hospice Care FAQs

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It is not necessary to purchase any equipment before your initial evaluation. Some clients do have a need for equipment, but if that applies to you, we will provide you with information about it. Our social workers can also assist you in obtaining any necessary equipment. In most cases, insurance or Medicare will cover the costs.

Once your mother’s doctor has made a referral for hospice care, Salus Homecare San Diego will visit the patient to evaluate service needs. This typically happens within 48-hours of the doctor’s referral being made. A care plan will then be developed with input from the client, family members and the client’s physician. Once this care plan is in place, services typically begin within a very short period of time. All services provided will be clearly discussed, and you will also have a way to reach a member of our San Diego hospice team 24-hours a day and 7-days a week should you have questions or concerns.

The decision to enter hospice care legally belongs to the patient. A medical professional should never pressure you to accept this care option. However, when diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, many doctors will begin conversations about hospice care with their patients. When these conversations occur, it is important to get all of the information and make sure you understand all your choices before making a decision. It is sometimes a good idea to include family members in these conversations as your choices will impact them too.

Physicians Highly Recommend Salus Hospice For Their Patients

“Hospice care is very comforting. The support helps me to peacefully remain with family, at home.”

Salus also provides non-medical support with our San Diego in home care and at home nursing assistance through our home health services.

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