Approximately 70 percent of patients admitted to hospice are in pain with 50 percent dealing with daily pain. One third of these patients are in excruciating pain and over half are in moderate pain. Of all the patients admitted, 50 percent had at least moderate cognitive impairment.
The Bend office will be one of the eight Heart ‘n Home locations. Other offices reside in La Pine, La Grande, Baker City (Oregon), Emmett, Caldwell, and Meridian (Idaho), with corporate headquarters in Fruitland, ID. Heart ‘n Home has served over 3,000 patients and is excited to bring the same quality of care and legendary customer service to the community.
There are numerous simple, yet powerful ways Heart ‘n Home Volunteers make a significant difference as they provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support to hospice patients and families. Every hospice volunteer experience is as individual as the person donating their time.
Research out of Mt. Sinai shows hospice patients have lower Medicare costs, reduced use of hospital services, and that hospice can improve care quality. New research published in the March issue of Health Affairs found that hospice enrollment saves money for Medicare and improves care quality for Medicare beneficiaries with a number of different lengths of services.
Dyspnea is defined as a subjective sensation of difficulty breathing also described as “breathlessness.” It is one of the most frightening and distressing symptoms for hospice patients and their loved ones. Dyspnea can occur in any patient, but it is most common in patients with COPD, lung cancer, CHF, stroke, and ALS.
Valerie Potter, RN, BSN, is the Executive Director for the Baker City office at Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care. Valerie joined the team in December of 2012. She graduated from nursing school in 1996 and is currently licensed in Idaho and Washington and will soon be in Oregon as well. As Executive Director, her focus will be in management and supervision of nursing service, social services, and spiritual care services. She will be involved in recruitment, hiring, and training in cooperation with the Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations.
Heart ‘n Home Cardiac Patients can expect regular visits from Nurses who can anticipate, manage, and control common symptoms such as: chest pain, dyspnea, and anxiety…
Cecil Andrus, former Idaho Governor, wrote this powerful message on the importance of end-of-life care and points out that the Medicare Hospice Benefit is recognized today as one of the most cost-effective and compassionate measures ever adopted by Congress…
Heart ‘n Home is excited to announce the partnership with Newberry Hospice in La Pine, OR!
Our employees are so valuable to us as an organization. They strive so hard to be the very best and to inspire those around them to do the same. We are so proud of our Heart ‘n Home family.