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Life’s Final Seasons Can Be Some of the Most Fulfilling

Especially when you look to hospice care for help.  The team at Heart ‘n Home provides expert medical care, teaches the family to provide care, and offers emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.  Patients can then focus on enjoying life together and living the final seasons to their fullest.

We can help with:

  • Physician & Staff Support
  • Caregiver Relief
  • Fewer Phone Calls
  • Grief Support
  • Less Trips to the ER
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Pain & Symptom Management
  • Medical Equipment & Supplies

Call 1-800-HOSPICE today to find the support your are looking for!

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Working as a Hospice CNA Affirms My Life

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What I’ve Learned ‘This Week’
Written by: Consuelo V., CHPNA

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Consuelo V., CHPNA

October 20, 2015 was my 11-year anniversary as a CNA for Heart ‘n Home and I love my job more than ever! It makes me feel so good when I arrive to a patients’ home (or facility) to do my visit and they are waiting for my arrival.  Even the other residents that are not my hospice patients know who I am.

Recently, I filled in for another CNA so I was unfamiliar with the neighborhood.  My GPS sent me on top of a hill, the readout said “arrived,” but there was no house.  I called the patient’s number and her daughter was very nice and gave me directions. Still, I was very worried because I was late and I felt like I was not providing legendary care.

When I arrived to the patient’s home, her daughter was waiting for me with a big smile.  She made my day. I didn’t want her to be upset because I was late.  I introduced myself, wiped my feet outside the door, and left all of my worries outside.  Her mother said, “Hi” with the most beautiful smile. I knelt down, introduced myself, told her why I was there, and asked what I could do for her today. She wanted a shower.  I gave her time so she felt comfortable with me and after her shower I visited with her and her daughter.  I felt so grateful, feeling like I made a difference in someone’s life.  That’s why I love my job and I love taking care of people.  I like to think, “this person could be my mother, father, sister, brother, son, or daughter. How would I like them to be treated?”  That’s why it’s very important for me to make sure that I provide dignity, respect, comfort, and excellent care every day, every time.

In closing, I encourage everyone reading this to hug your loved ones and let them know how much you love them. You never know if it will be the last time.

Consuelo V., CHPNA

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Caregiver Support Through The Holidays

Caregiver Support Through The Holidays

For most Americans, the six weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year’s is lots of fun. Parties, yummy foods, community events, shopping, and the giving and receiving of gifts create lasting memories. For caregivers, those six weeks can also bring additional stress. Caring for someone in need, especially a patient at end of life is both rewarding and grueling and the holidays often feel like something to just get through. Fatigued, the caregiver may prefer sleep to socializing. Overwhelmed, the caregiver may be having trouble finding time to shop for holiday groceries and gifts. And if the caregiver’s patient recently passed away, grief and loneliness can drown out comfort and joy. Let Heart ‘n Home give you the additional caregiver support through the holidays, so that you can just enjoy your loved one.

Much has been written for, about, and by caregivers in recent months and the reason is clear. Americans age 65+ numbered nearly 40 million in 2009 (nearly 13% of the country’s population) and by 2030 it’s estimated there will be more than 72 million older Americans, representing 19% of the population (source: ACL). More and more print and online magazines are featuring stories written by adult children caring for one or more elderly parent, family member, or friend. Even “Dear Abby” is discussing it.

If you’re a caregiver, ask us about “Home for the Holidays.” We can send a trained volunteer to stay with your patient while you cook or bake, shop, wrap presents, sleep, get a haircut or pedicure, etc.  We also offer Grief and Loss Support services and we are available 24/7. If you are a professional caregiver or supervise caregivers in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, adult foster home or other care setting, we will be happy to provide education and services that can reduce phone calls and trips to the ER.

To get additional caregiver support, call us at 1-800-HOSPICE and visit us online.  “Affirming lives” is our business and we’d love to affirm YOURS!

Fruitland Hospice Volunteer of the Month

We are happy to report that Ella, an excellent Volunteer for Heart ‘n Home in Fruitland, Idaho has been chosen as the Hospice Volunteer of the Month for March 2012!  Ella has been volunteering since July of 2010 and she currently visits three patients.  She can be found doing everything from providing companionship to running errands to rolling hair in curlers for her Fruitland neighbors.  Ella notes she especially likes sharing in the stories and the experiences of the people she visits.  She states she gets to “meet interesting people” and she likes helping others, doing even little things for them.

Ella first came to know Heart ‘n Home because they cared for her husband approximately six years ago.  She notes that there were not as many Volunteers in the beginning and thinks it is wonderful to see that there is more help now for patients and families.  She began volunteering because she had first cared for her mother, followed by her neighbor.  After that, she figured she could help others just as easily.

Ella enjoys spending time with her family; she has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who visit from out of state when they are able.  Ella also enjoys reading just about anything and, once she is finished, she enjoys sharing books with others by passing them along.  She also states she, “always enjoys visiting with others.”  Ella likes to stay busy. She worked for the Payette, Idaho schools for 36 years and now looks forward to giving her time to volunteering.

With a cheery disposition and smile always on her face, Ella is a wonderful Fruitland Hospice Volunteer for Heart ‘n Home.  She willingly gives in various ways to multiple people and her dedication to volunteering is admirable.  Thank you, Ella!  We appreciate you!

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