New Executive Director in Fruitland, Idaho - Heart 'n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC

New Executive Director in Fruitland, Idaho

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HEART ‘N HOME NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Tonia Atkins, Fruitland Executive Director

Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC is pleased to announce that Tonia Atkins has been named Executive Director of its Fruitland location. In this role, Atkins will oversee clinical and clerical management in several administrative areas, including Human Resources and education.

Atkins joined the Heart ‘n Home team in 2009 and has been promoted from her most recent position as Director of Outreach. “I am very passionate about advocating for hospice. I believe that everyone deserves to access their hospice benefit. By providing education to the community about what hospice can do for you and your family during the end of life journey, we are bringing hospice to more and more people each year. This education changes lives every day and I am proud to be a hospice advocate in all of the communities we serve. As Executive Director, I hope to bring hospice to more families in need by supporting our team in providing legendary service to our community … every day, every time. My goal is to provide continued education to the Fruitland and surrounding communities about the wonderful gift hospice can give to those in need.”

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. Learn more about job openings and career opportunities at Heart ‘n Home.

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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.

Adapted from www.chiff.com/a/seniors-winter.htm

New Executive Director in Bend, Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 HEART ‘N HOME NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Billy Gehm, Bend Executive Director

Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC is pleased to announce that Billy Gehm has been named Executive Director of its Bend location. In this role, Gehm will oversee clinical and clerical management in several administrative areas, including Human Resources and education.

Gehm joined Heart ‘n Home in 2014 and has been promoted from his most recent position as Outreach Coach. “My family and I love the opportunity to serve Central Oregon.  I believe that excellent care at the end of life is the right of every person.  My mission is to educate and empower our team in Bend, so that they can bring that excellent care to everyone who needs it.”

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. Learn more about job openings and career opportunities at Heart ‘n Home.

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