April 2012 Hospice Volunteer of the Month – Ella Downing!
Proudly serving you since 2004! Heart ‘n Home staff members are celebrating 8 years of service to over 2,500 patients! Heart ‘n Home is a family-owned and operated company established on the rural values of hard work and a foundation of integrity. The Heart ‘n Home ethic and focus of “doing what’s right” has allowed us to flourish and grow to be one of the leading hospice providers in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
The services provided by hospice care are what Americans want; yet 83% of them don’t know about hospice care. Rather than reinforcing their fears about death, we need to ensure that every American understands that hospice care provides the compassion and dignity that they want and need at the end of life.
In a 1999 study of the Palliative Performance Scale (a tool to help determine hospice eligibility), it was determined that only about 10% of patients with a Palliative Performance Scale score of 50% or less are expected to survive more than 6 months. (Woelk, Harlos. Guidelines for Estimating Length of Survival in Palliative Patients)
The earlier a person is referred, the more Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care can do to help. Sadly, many people believe that hospice is unavailable or inappropriate until literally, the last days of a person’s life. Through hospice, patients can enjoy a higher quality of life.
Jandee, a Fruitland High School student and Cicely Ambassador Volunteer for Heart ‘n Home has demonstrated to her community her leadership and unselfishness. Jandee saw a vision and ran with it effecting your friends, family, neighbors, and elders throughout our communities……
A healthy eating plan means more than choosing the right foods to eat. Preparing foods should also be done healthy. Some ways of cooking are better than others in cutting cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, total fat, and calories. Keep in mind, you want to get as much nutritional value as possible. You don’t have to give up taste or the things you love. Just learn some healthy cooking techniques and you can have it all (almost)! Stir-fry is healthful and delicious! The high temperature and constant movement of the food keeps it from sticking and burning. For vegetables, poultry or seafood, use a tiny bit of peanut oil.
Healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke—high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight.
If your physician has prescribed high blood pressure medicine to help lower your blood pressure, you will also need to make the other changes that are effective: Stay within your normal weight range, consume less salt, be more physically active, and limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day (for women) or two drinks (for men). Also, follow your overall therapy plan. Taking your medicine the way your physician has prescribed it for you is the key to getting your blood pressure down where it belongs!
Does high blood pressure run in your family? Read more to learn what you can do to educate yourself about prevention and warning signs.
Baker City resident, Max Madsen has recently joined the Heart ‘n Home Outreach Team! Outreach Coordinator, Madsen will establish positive community and partner relationships while serving as a resource of hospice knowledge and expertise. He will offer healthcare resources to our community members as well as helpful resources to physicians, facilities, clinics, hospital discharge planners, and other community resources the tools to know when extra support for their patients is necessary.
“The experience Haney brings to our team is remarkable. She has worked in many areas of nursing ranging from med/surg, critical care, long-term care, and home health. She has also held many leadership positions,” said Cindy Lee, CEO/Owner of Heart ‘n Home…
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. It is known as the “silent killer.” Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly by your physician. About 72 million Americans and 1 in 3 adults have it, and many don’t even know they have it…
Understanding your illness and treatment can help you feel more in control. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Dealing with heart disease involves doctors, nurses, social workers and other specially trained healthcare professionals. You will receive lots of new and complex information and need to make many serious decisions. So it is important to be able to communicate clearly with your entire healthcare team….
As things get icy and frozen, it is important to keep check of these health tips….
Read what family members of Heart ‘n Home patients are saying about the team and care provided for their loved one….
Read what one family member had to say about the care his mom received from Heart ‘n Home….
We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas from our home to yours…we also thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives!
As of January we will be located on 3370 10th Street! and we LOVE visitors!
Without adequate assessment, pain cannot be managed. The earlier a person is referred to hospice, the more that can be done to assess pain, and give them a higher quality of life. Hospice staff also educate caregivers on the caregiving role, so they are more confident throughout the entire journey…