(Bend, OR) Always bring your own sunshine, share a smile, yes you can, you are loved, today I am thankful. Those are just some of the uplifting messages chalked on sidewalks across at least 47 states and in six countries during the third annual Chalk the Walks in 2013.
Due to life expectancies increasing, many people are suddenly finding themselves the caregiver of their elderly parent. Most of us do not want to think about our parents growing older and reaching a place that they no longer are able to fully care for themselves. Yet, it is happening to hundreds of people on a daily basis.
I really enjoyed putting together this article all about the beautiful city of La Pine. It was as if I could actually smell the fresh scent of pine trees when I closed my eyes. It reminds me of a vacation spot where you could just sit on the side of a lake or take a hike in the mountains and get re-energized, refreshed, and renewed.
People living with COPD face physical challenges. They may also have worries and feelings that can make life difficult. If you or a loved one is learning to live with COPD, there are steps you can take to help cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings. Knowing about COPD and the management of the disease’s symptoms can help you feel more in control.
Knowing what affects your lungs and makes your breathing worsen will help you gain control to better breathing. If you know what triggers bad breathing spells, you can eliminate some of the causes and gain control over others.
It only seems logical to post this as it is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15, 2013) and our senior loved ones, friends, and neighbors safety should be top of mind. The question that many people ask is, "but how do I know the difference between a bruise or mark from 'abuse' versus 'old age - falls?"
Our patients’ personal care needs are very important to us. At Heart ‘n Home, our Hospice CNAs are experienced and caring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) who treat family and patients with honor and respect. Your Nurse and Hospice CNA will work as a team to make sure personal needs are always taken care of.
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.