New Executive Director – Caldwell, Idaho


Heart ‘n Home Names New Executive Director in Caldwell, Idaho


Annie Estvold, LCSW

(CALDWELL, ID) December 2014- Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care is pleased to announce that Annie Estvold, LCSW has been named Executive Director of its Caldwell location. In this role, Estvold will oversee clinical and clerical management in several administrative areas including HR and education. Read Annie’s full bio on our Leadership page.

Estvold joined the team in 2013 and has been promoted from her most recent position as a Heart ‘n Home Social Worker. Working in hospice has allowed me to be a part of a very intimate time in the lives of others. Hospice is so much more than medical care for someone in the last hours of life. Because of our society’s avoidance of end-of-life topics, there is a lot of fear and miseducation about what hospice is and how it helps families. I am excited for my new role, as I plan to continue educating the community on the multiple benefits of hospice. It is my hope that through increased understanding, our amazing team will be able to help even more families through the dying process.”

About Heart ‘n Home
Heart ‘n Home affirms life by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to our patients and to those who love and care for them. Heart ‘n Home is a local, family owned and operated company and serves 11 counties across Oregon and Idaho.

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Giving Back: From the Heart of a Fruitland Student

“I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a home where my parents have been great examples of volunteers in the community, working hard for many organizations and they of course expected my brother and I to be a part as well.  In just the past couple of years, I’ve realized that I was  volunteering no longer just because I was doing it with my parents, but because it had taken hold of my heart.

This past two years have been tough on our community with the recession and situations that have affected our local people. I began to notice that people that were close to me were hurting and even my own family was struggling. Our little community here in Fruitland has been an awesome place to grow up.  We have such great community support and so many people have stepped up to volunteer or donate to almost anything that it’s students would need. Over time I’ve been noticing the results of so many donations the community has given our programs here in school. It is evident in the gorgeous baseball field, to the new scoreboard on the football field and to the many corporations listed in the gymnasium how the community reaches out and gives to us all the time. I realized it was time that the students learned to give back.

About this time I started volunteering at Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, I noticed that the employees were encouraged to pay a donation amount [to the Heart ‘n Home Foundation] to get the right to wear jeans on Fridays and I loved the idea. I spent some time with Heather the Volunteer Coordinator at that time and told her that I thought it would be a great idea to implement in our school since we have to wear uniforms, and I knew the kids would jump at the chance to wear jeans.

Once I spoke with Heather, the ideas started to form and I went right away to our school counselor, Mrs. O’Neil, to see what she thought of the idea. She loved the idea and thought it would be a great way to help the kids learn about giving back to our community.  With the help from my mom, we started researching local charities that I felt would be benefited the most. It was important to me to make sure that the charity was local so that the students could see immediately the impact that their donations would have on our community. I decided that we would choose one Friday a month and a different charity would be selected each month. Once we had chosen the dates, the charities, and how the program was going to work, Mrs. O’Neil and I went before the school board at their monthly board meeting to present the idea to them.

I must say that I was a little intimated when I first arrived in the room looking up at all the members sitting at their big round fancy table with their fancy name plates in front of them. I felt like I needed to say “Your Honor” or something, but I then caught the eye of one of the members and he gave me a big smile and a wink and I knew I was going to be okay. Mrs. O’Neil was a great supporter of my idea and stood by me each step of the way. She was a huge encourager and it would not have been as successful without her help. The board listened, asked questions regarding how I would collect the money, how it would be accounted for, how it would be dispersed, and the reason I wanted to start this. I was pleased to answer each question with confidence and from my heart.

The board let us know that they would think about it and inform us of their decision as soon as they could.  We received approval from the board on Tuesday afternoon and they decided that we had to raise at least $200.00 on each Foundation Friday in order to wear jeans. As soon as we got approval from the board, we hurried into action. By Wednesday morning we had posters made and put up, announcements were made over the school intercom and we used Facebook to get the word out. In two days time we raised $235.00 for our first charity which was Meals On Wheels at the Payette Senior Center in Payette, Idaho.  I am excited to see how much we can raise now that we have more time this month.

My hope for the future of Fruitland Foundation Fridays is that we continue to raise money and that the amounts go up each and every month. I want to see this new giving program by the students of Fruitland High School be passed on each year for many years to come. I want for each student to begin to have a heart for giving back to the community who has given so much to us.”

Thank you to Jandee and the rest of the Fruitland students who are making strides to give back to their community! You have inspired us all!

Watch Jandee’s Distinguished Student Award Video from KTVB Channel 7

Celebrating our Hospice Volunteers! Meridian, Idaho

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Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care celebrates VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION WEEK: APRIL 15-21!

To celebrate Volunteer Recognition Week, Heart ‘n Home will be recognizing our outstanding Hospice Volunteers each day of the week (16-20th).  We will be honoring each Volunteer Team by office.  Heart ‘n Home currently has 5 hospice locations in Fruitland, Idaho; Emmett, Idaho; Caldwell, Idaho; Meridian, Idaho; and Baker City, Oregon.

I urge each of you to join us in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve.  “We hope that Volunteer Recognition Week ignites a spark of motivation within each of you to volunteer your time and special talents to help our hospice patients and families through one of the most difficult stages of their lives.” said Brianna Walter, Director of Volunteer Services at Heart ‘n Home.

Kicking off the week with the Meridian Hospice Volunteer Team!  Thank you to each of the following Meridian Hospice Volunteers whom together have donated over 11,073 miles and over 1,401 hours! Thank you:

  • Brittany Barnes, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Lauren Beyer, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Kelsey Bruch, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Joshua Casaos, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Larry Clucas, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Mary Corn, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Michael Crawford, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Rachel Dailey, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Kim Gardner, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Justin Gause, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Garrett Gilbreath, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Whitney Godsill, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Sally Guaspari, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Jason Hanley, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Meg Kevan, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Sherry Kroon, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, Heart ‘n Home Case Manager
  • Patricia Kubicki, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Justin Martin, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Cindy Mason, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Vickie Mathew, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Arla McEvoy, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Marcus Miller, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Liz Mills, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Susan Palmer, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Danae Perkins, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Emily Price, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Dustyn Putzier, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Audra Rajsich, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, Heart ‘n Home Program Representative
  • Tim Tracey, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Brianna Walter, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, Heart ‘n Home Director of Volunteer Services
  • Jocelyn Welch, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Karen Zagol, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
  • Gladys Clymens, Meridian Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer

Be watching for more Volunteer teams to be recognized!

Winter Health Tips

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  1. Tread carefully.  To help avoid falls, wear appropriate shoes outdoors and put road salt, sand, or kitty litter on sidewalks and driveways. Better yet, if the walks haven’t been cleared, ask friends or relatives for help with errands or any outdoor activities.
  2. Avoid overwork.  Find someone to handle snow shoveling and other strenuous outdoor tasks. Cold weather causes blood vessels to constrict, increasing the risk of heart attack for people with heart disease or other conditions that strain the heart’s ability to pump blood.
  3. Exercise indoors.  Staying indoors does not mean being inactive. Keep in shape by walking in place, using a treadmill or working out with a fitness video. Daily stretching exercises can help maintain flexibility. Check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.
  4. Bundle up. Cold temperatures cause a strain on everyone especially to seniors, and the threat increases for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. A person who wanders from home without proper clothing in the winter can quickly fall victim to frostbite or hypothermia.
  5. Keep the heat on. Inadequate indoor heat also can cause hypothermia. Keep home temperatures above 65 degrees and dress in layers to maintain body temperature.
  6. Clear the air.  If you heat your home with a fireplace, gas furnace or gas-powered space heater, invest in carbon monoxide detectors, which can be purchased at a home improvement store for as little as $30. Carbon monoxide in the air can displace the oxygen in your blood stream and cause headache, dizziness, nausea, convulsions, and even death within two hours. The effects can be even faster for people with heart or respiratory illnesses.
  7. Socialize. Depression is more common in the winter months, and bad weather can mean social isolation for many.  Make efforts to spend time with family, friends and neighbors, and when weather makes visiting difficult, pick up the phone and chat.

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