Hospice Medications

Heart ‘n Home provides medications for terminal illness and related conditions. Our Heart ‘n Home team are experts in medication management and we want to ensure pain and other symptoms are effectively managed and the right amount of medications are taken. Additionally, patients on hospice services are also provided with medical equipment (e.g., hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen, etc.) and medical supplies (e.g., bandages, catheters, etc.) as needed and related to patient’s hospice care.
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I am writing to sincerely thank you for the compassion and care that you provided for our mother. While you do have beautiful and meaningful Mission and Vision Statements, I want you to know that they are not worth the paper they are written on if the people of the company do not also believe and live them.
Every person we came in contact through your organization demonstrated a care and compassion that can only come from within an individual. Everything from the nurses, home visits, helping with showers, office personnel, volunteers, spiritual people, and supervisors was an amazing experience for my mom and our family.As you know, going through end of life with a loved one is both beautiful and stressful. I want you to know that your care made it more beautiful and less stressful especially since it meant that mom was able to live with us because of it. Our hearts are very full with love and gratitude for having had your people in our lives. We were truly blessed.

Diana

Daughter

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I do not judge people by the scriptures of their faith or the scars of their past, I embrace them by the content of their hearts.

Dodinsky

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You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.

Dame Cicely Saunders

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People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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What is done in love is done well.

Vincent Van Gogh

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The people that we serve, and the services that we offer, along with the training we receive make this a superior job.

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We are a hospice and it is the perfect environment for people with compassion and genuine caring for their fellow man, especially the elderly, to express that compassion. I believe working for hospice is a calling.

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The ‘Team atmosphere’ makes it feel like we are all equal regardless of our positions in the company. The Corporate Team does not act like they are better than anyone else, we are all valuable in the eyes of Heart ‘n Home.

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They realize that an employee’s family is very important and works with the employee to make sure that they can balance work and family life.

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Instilling trust in their employees that they will get the job done. The company has very high integrity.

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Great communication. Great use of technology. Great training.

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Heart ‘n Home creates an unparalleled workplace where every employee’s needs and wants are catered for in any way possible. They create an air of comfort and understanding I have never seen anywhere else. You really feel like you’re part of a community that is helping others deal with some of life’s biggest trials.

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Hard work is rewarded. I feel like I make a difference in the work I do and I am a valued employee. I can give my opinion and feel that I am listened to.

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Besides the industry of Hospice which brings so much meaning and purpose to work, the leadership team works hard to bring innovation and solutions to the issues and concerns employees have. The culture of Heart ‘n Home is family oriented and employee first.

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Heart ‘n Home has it all… a great benefits package, team atmosphere, encouragement to grow even if it is not within the company, and opportunities for education.

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Our common goal is to provide legendary hospice care. We all love what we do. We all love hospice.

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We have been very impressed with Heart ‘n Home’s dedication to their patients. They always go the extra mile to ensure the people they care for get the best attention. They are always knowledgeable about patient care and are very responsive on the phone and in person. We would whole-heartedly recommend Heart ‘n Home to care for any of our own loved ones. This is the truest testament of our belief in their efforts.

Elaine Ladd

Pharmacist/Owner

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Heart ‘n Home employees and volunteers go out of their way to provide the best care that they can to their patients and the patient’s families. We often receive calls or a visit from a Heart ‘n Home staff member to discuss various situations that don’t fit into the ‘standard needs’ that we would expect. Being in a fairly rural area, the needs, just due to logistics and lifestyle are different. We find opportunities to work outside the box to find solutions that enable our patients to continue to do the things that they want or need to do.

Anne

Norco Medical

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I just want to thank you all for your love, care, and wonderful counseling you gave to those of us in need. I remember fondly how your staff ministered to me after my husband passed away. May God richly bless you all for your great ministry to others.

Jo H

Spouse

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I am a friend to your soul, and I’m here to help you die healed.

Garrett Price, MASF, CPC, CSD

Director of Spiritual Care and Social Work

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Heart ‘n Home has provided compassionate, quality services to many of my patients. They have been willing to deal with very difficult patients and situations in a caring manner.

Ronald E. Carroll, M.D.

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I asked for a hospital bed and God sent me His angels from Heart ‘n Home. Tommy was wonderful, gave so much more than just nursing skills. Everyone, thank you

Family of Heart 'n Home Patient

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What I appreciate most about Heart ‘n Home is that they keep me and other area churches informed. They provide information that allows me to help families in crisis and grief. This helps these families to make better end-of-life decisions.

Pastor Bill

Pastor Bill Sunrise Christian Church

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The growing alliance between religious and health communities represents one of the best solutions to the social and human problems that divide our nation.

Virginia Schiaffino Director of National Federation of Interfaith Caregivers

Virginia Schiaffino

Director of National Federation of Interfaith Caregivers

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Flora Edwards

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There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.

Unknown

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My Grief Counselor was always friendly and helpful. She had some good suggestions such as writing letters to lost loved ones and journaling. Losing my mother was very difficult for me and the loss was compounded by losing a best friend shortly thereafter … it was a double heartache for me. You provide a wonderful service and I’m so glad you are here to help people through this most difficult time.

Mary

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I am very thankful for the support in which I received. I was always contacted at times when I was feeling down. It was nice to know that what I was going through was a normal part of grieving and I was not losing my mind. Thank you very much for what you do.

Sarah

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“I was raised to know and recognize that our freedoms do not come without a price…that is why I’ve made it my duty to support our Veteran employees as well as provide Veteran-centric care to patients and their families.”

Cindy Lee, RN, CHPN, CHPCA

CEO / Owner

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I appreciate the availability of the staff at Heart ‘n Home! They never questioned coming to see our patients when they needed them, they just came. Heart ‘n Home staff always found their way to the heart of their patients and families and made them feel like they were getting the best care possible!

Carol Schultz

LPN Grace Assisted Living

Fear of Pain

One of the most common fears seriously ill individuals have, is the fear of being in pain. Since palliative treatment and comfort is the focus of hospice care, special attention is given to pain control, with the prevention of pain being the ultimate goal.  Historically, pain has been under-managed in the care of serious illness.  Society often teaches us to fear addiction more than anything else and causes us to forget to look at the situation of seriously ill patients.
Addiction is not an issue with hospice patients for two reasons.  First, medications that may be addictive under certain situations are used in hospice to alleviate the pain associated with the end of life rather than to cope with the environment and social stresses of life.  Medications are being taken for physical symptom relief rather than out of social or emotional need.  Second, if a disease process would disappear and hospice care would no longer be needed, the pain and symptoms associated with end-of-life issues and the disease process would no longer exist and medication would not be necessary.  There is no longer a psychological or social need for the medication, and if a physical addiction has somehow occurred, it can be easily treated.

Key Principles of Pain Management

  • Pain must be addressed from a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual perspective.
  • Medications should be administered continuously without breaking the cycle of pain control.
  • Changes in pain control needs must be monitored throughout the illness.
  • Simplicity and thorough patient and family education increase the effectiveness of pain management.
  • Dependency and addiction should not be a concern in the hospice setting. Patients and families need reassurance that high dosages or dosage changes are necessary and will not be harmful if administered according to a physician’s instruction.
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