DASH: A New Option for Santa Barbara Seniors
“Mom said she didn’t want to go back to the hospital. But when she gets sick and she is too weak to go to the doctor’s office, what are we supposed to do?”
What is DASH?
DASH is an innovative new program for seniors who become ill and…
- Need to be seen by a doctor promptly
- Are too weak to make it to an office appointment
- Are too ill to wait for an office appointment
- Prefer to avoid trips to the emergency room
- Prefer homecare to hospital care
DASH provides rapid-response medical treatment to seniors in their own homes, helping them avoid unnecessary hospital stays and trips to the emergency room. DASH is a supplement to, not a replacement for, a senior’s current doctors; DASH enrollees continue to see their regular Primary Care Doctor and specialists for all of their routine care.
Who can use DASH?
- DASH serves seniors aged 60 and above who live in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area—either in their own home or in a senior housing or care facility.
Seniors must enroll with DASH in order to use DASH services. The enrollment process involves a visit from a DASH nurse to learn about the senior’s health history and screen for common problems. They will also discuss what kind of medical treatment the senior would like, offer them a chance to complete a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and Advance Health Care Directive and make referrals for helpful community resources.
What does DASH cost?
DASH is fully covered by Medicare for seniors who live in low-income housing or receive Medi-Cal; For other seniors, DASH is covered in part by Medicare and in part by a monthly fee of $60 for individuals or $90 for couples.
How do I get started?
Either call us at (805) 617-0049, email us at email@example.com, or fill out a quick form and we will call you to arrange an enrollment appointment.
Once You’re Enrolled With DASH
If you need medical attention…
Call (805) 617-0049
7 days a week, from 7am to 7pm, 365 days a year.
What will happen if I call DASH for help?
A member of the DASH Rapid Response Medical Team will come to your home usually within an hour. The DASH Medical Team includes physicians and nurses, and our staff even carries commonly needed medications such as antibiotics, so if necessary, treatments can start immediately.
What happens after the DASH team visits?
DASH will communicate closely with the seniors’ Primary Care Physician. DASH has special arrangements to get services like lab testing or visiting nurse services started right away.