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Our caseworker was very flexible when we had to change our time. Whenever we had to change the schedule around she was willing to work with us.

Wonda S. July 24, 2015

Our case manager was very helpful and professional. Our caregiver is a wonderful loving woman, we were very pleased with her service.

Violet N. May 4, 2015

Salt Lake City Hospice Services

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

Physical Care

Managing pain and monitoring symptoms to enhance a patient’s quality of life. Services are monitored by the hospice doctor. Pediatric hospice patients benefit from pain management in conjunction with curative treatments.

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

Support and assistance to help patients and family members cope with this challenging stage in life. Families also often benefit from grief counseling support after a patient has passed.

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

Offers support and assistance in exploring spiritual beliefs and inner thoughts related to death and dying. This support is non-denominational, non-judgmental and appropriate for all belief system.

  • 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 trying to find ways to cope with a terminal illness, having the right support can make a world of difference. Salus of Utah hospice care might be the right choice. This holistic approach to the end stages of life is centered on the patient but inclusive of the entire family. It offers pain management, emotional healing and spiritual comfort at home where you remain surrounded by the people and things you love the most.

Hospice’s physical care focuses on pain management and eliminating or minimizing discomfort. It can help you to feel better and live each day to the fullest. Our caring nurses work in collaboration with the hospice medical director and your personal physician to determine the best approach to managing pain while providing quality, compassionate and dignified care.

The final days, weeks or months of life are often scary, confusing and conflicting. It’s easy to feel alone when you’re faced with these emotions. The emotional support provided by our hospice caregivers helps clients to remain connected while safely exploring sometimes uncomfortable emotions and coming to terms with this final stage of life.

When living with a terminal illness, deep doubt and questions about spirituality, an afterlife or your inner self are common. Speaking with a chaplain who offers neutral advice and compassionate support helps to calm some of these emotions and renew feelings of contentment and acceptance as you prepare for the end of life.

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Who Benefits from Hospice Services?

Hospice can benefit anyone facing a life-limiting illness and with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its expected course. A physician must prescribe hospice care for a patient to qualify for services.

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

Who Pays for Hospice Services?

After a primary physician provides a referral for hospice care, coverage for costs is available through Medicare, Medicaid or the Department of Veterans Affairs at 100%. Most private insurance also offers coverage for hospice care, however the amount of coverage can vary so it’s important to check with the provider. Salus Hospice of Utah is happy to assist you through this process.

Hospice

When a patient feels that curative measures have been exhausted and shifts their goal to managing pain and maintaining dignity and quality of life, the support of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals is so valuable. Salus Homecare of Utah is an accredited hospice and pediatric hospice provider. Our team focuses on providing patient-centered care that helps you to achieve your goals and find peace during this difficult moment 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. For pediatric hospice care patients, curative treatments can continue as outlined in the Affordable Care Act. 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. The pediatric hospice team also includes child life specialists to better meet the unique needs of this population.
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 or Pediatric 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
Who is hospice care appropriate for?
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 Health

When a medical diagnosis or complex recovery has you feeling frustrated, helpless and confused, the professional home health providers at Salus Homecare of Utah is here to help. Our skilled home health nurses and therapists work collaboratively to create effective care plans that provide our clients with the tools they need to live healthy, long lives. With our services, the entire family is supported, and our clients’ medical conditions become easier to manage. Learn more about our home health programs, accredited for quality by the Joint Commission. Click the link below and request your free consultation.

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 FAQs

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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.

Patients do sometimes recover from terminal illnesses, and those who are participating in Salus Homecare’s Utah 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.

Some clients do have a need for special equipment. If this applies to you, Salus Homecare’s Utah 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.

Family is an integral part of a person’s support system, and they should always remain as involved in the care process as they would like to be. Salus Homecare’s Utah hospice exists to support you and your loved ones and will never deter them from remaining involved.

Medicare and private insurance typically will not pay for 24 hour hospice care. For hours when our professionals are not in the home, we recommend supplementing with support from friends, family or volunteers. If these resources are not available to you, Salus Homecare can also arrange for additional help from our Utah in home aides. In an emergency situation, our Care Managers and hospice team will always remain on call to assist you.

Hospice care does not do anything to hasten death or in any way postpone it. Salus Homecare’s Utah hospice will provide you with specialized care, pain management and the benefit of our extensive wealth of knowledge throughout the dying process.

There is no requirement for an individual to be homebound to receive care through Salus Homecare’s Utah hospice. In fact, we encourage our clients to remain as active as they are safely able to and continue visiting with friends and family for as long as possible.

The hospice program is designed to provide support and pain management in the end stages of life. It is not designed to administer any medications or therapies to treat the condition or cure it. If an individual believes that he has not exhausted all treatment options, we encourage him to discuss this with his primary care physician and establish the best plan of care for his condition.

No. Choosing Salus Homecare of Utah’s hospice means that you value life and want to spend every second of it surrounded by all that you love. Choosing hospice means removing yourself from the stress and worry that often surround constant hospitalizations and intensive treatments and refocusing your energy on the people and things that are important to you.

Living longer than six months in no way changes your hospice care. As long as your primary care physician continues to diagnose you with a terminal condition and resulting life expectancy of six months or less, Salus Homecare’s Utah hospice can continue.

What Our Patients & Their Families Say About Us

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

Salus also provides skilled medical support in Utah with home health services for our adult and pediatric patients.

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