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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Healthy living can help you age well and maintain your mental agility, physical strength, and overall vitality. It's never too late to begin taking better care of yourself. We offer resources and information especially for older adults.
Long-term care is assistance provided to people who need help with basic daily living activities. Long-term care often includes medical services, though not always.
Examples of the types of needs people have that may require long-term care include:
Sometimes, family members provide long-term care to elder relatives. Often, however, family members do not have the time and energy that are needed to care for a chronically ill loved one, and then professional long-term care services are required.
Long-term care services may be provided in the person's home, an assisted-living retirement community, a nursing home, or other type of facility. Though long-term care is given most frequently to elderly people, people of all ages may require long-term care, and some people never need it.
Long-term care in the home may include both medical and nonmedical services.
Nonmedical personal assistance in the home may include:
These services are usually offered by home-care agencies in the community. Normally, the person requiring care (or the person's family) pays directly for these services. However, long-term care insurance policies often cover these types of services. It is important to note that long-tem care insurance is different from health insurance and must be purchased separately.
Medical care services provided in the home may include:
These services are normally ordered by a doctor and are often short-term, depending on the person's needs and how much they may be able to recover from an illness or injury.
Usually, these types of services are covered by Medicare, Kaiser Permanente, or other insurance, with certain limitations.
There are several types of living arrangements available that provide varying degrees of long-term care. These include:
The purpose of palliative care is to relieve the pain and discomfort of advanced life-limiting illness such as cancer, heart failure, or emphysema.
Palliative care at Kaiser Permanente is provided by a team dedicated to ensuring that you have the highest possible quality of life, according to your values and your wishes. If you are receiving medical treatment for a serious illness, that care will continue. Our palliative care team works together with the medical team and with your family to relieve symptoms such as pain, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, respiratory problems, and fatigue.
Palliative care providers may also ask about how you are feeling emotionally and discuss medical and palliative treatment options with you. They will help you to understand your illness so that you can make clear and informed decisions about your treatment.
Ask your physician about how you might benefit from palliative care.
Hospice care is designed for people in the final stages of a terminal illness. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms, helping a person to be physically comfortable, and providing emotional and spiritual support.
Hospice care allows a person to remain at home or in another personal, comfortable setting that they and their family may choose, such as a relative's home, during their last days of life.
Hospice care also helps to support caregivers and families, with bereavement counseling and other services.
Kaiser Permanente's Hospice Program is a Medicare-certified program providing end-of-life and palliative care services to Kaiser Permanente members and their families. Services include physician treatment, nursing, social work, and chaplain consultation.
Admission to the Hospice Program requires written certification from the attending physician and a medical director of hospice or physician member of the hospice interdisciplinary team.
Long-term care is generally not covered by Medicare or Kaiser Permanente. If you have limited resources, you may qualify for Medicaid (also known as Medi-Cal in California) to pay for your care.
To find out if you are eligible to receive Medi-Cal, contact a financial counselor at your medical center or at your local office of the California Department of Social Services.
Other ways to pay for long-term care include:
These and other long-term care financing options should always be discussed with insurance, tax, and eldercare specialists.
The Partnership for Long-Term Care, an organizational alliance between Medicaid and long-term care insurers, provides alternatives to spending down or transferring assets and is currently available in New York, California, Indiana, and Connecticut.
The Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides opportunities to buy long-term care insurance at a group rate for federal and U.S. Postal Service employees as well as current and retired members of the Uniformed Armed Services. These policies can include spouses and other qualified relatives.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides some long-term care for eligible veterans. In lieu of home care, the VA's Housebound and Aid and Attendance Allowance Program provides cash grants to disabled veterans and/or to their surviving spouses.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.