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Pain Control: Fear of Addiction

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.

Hospice patients generally experience two kinds of pain: chronic and acuteChronic pain is pain that occurs continuously, while acute pain occurs suddenly often in the form of “breakthrough” pain.  Acute pain often stems from physical manifestations of symptoms, whereas chronic pain may be the result of emotional, social, and spiritual discomfort as well as physical symptoms.  Chronic pain may result from the simple fear of pain itself.  When the memory of previous pain or preoccupation with potential pain is present, pain can increase.  Without pain, the memory and fear of pain diminish and symptoms can be more easily controlled.

Pain can be further divided into these five types: visceral, bone, nerve, colic, and pleuriticVisceral pain is pain of the soft tissue and is often described as a continual ache.  Bone pain is often increased with movement.  Nerve pain produces a shooting, burning, or stabbing sensation.  Colic pain come and goes.  Pleuritic pain is affected by breathing.  Each type of pain can be an indication of a potential symptom control measure.

Coming next: Key Principles of Pain Management

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CHOO! CHOO! The Celebration Train Stops With A Bang: Fruitland Hospice Volunteers!

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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.

And the celebration party-train stops with our fabulous Fruitland Hospice Volunteer Team! Who may be listed last, but are most certainly NOT least!  Thank you to each of the following Caldwell Hospice Volunteers whom together have donated over 89,651 miles and over 9,738 hours! Thank you:

  • Charlotte Alexander, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Larry Alexander, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Debra Davis, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Milly Davis, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Dan Dickerson, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Ella Downing, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Lori Finch, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Heart ‘n Home Cicely Ambassador Advisor
  • Jim Humble, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer
  • John Inman, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • John Kelleher, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Naida Kelleher, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Rick Kerr, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Verda Koehn, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer
  • Jennifer Medina, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Nola Miller, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer
  • Cathy Morrison, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Laura Pirrie, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Gloria Roberts, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Alberta Savala, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Joe Shockley, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer
  • Venita Shockley, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer
  • Cherie Skogerboe, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Denny Skogerboe, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Tom Smith, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Doyle Taylor, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Lila Taylor, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Patti Upton, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer
  • Judy Watts, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, Heart ‘n Home Accounts Receivable Specialist
  • Ruby Braun, Fruitland Hospice Volunteer, 11th Hour Volunteer
  • Maria Acuna, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Bradee Burns, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Taylor Allen, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Kayla Burns, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Lucia Carbajal, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Jandee Carlson, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Kelsey Clow, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Jillian Cote, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Daniel Dahle, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Ethan Davis, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Talia Esplin, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Nik Fagen, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
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  • Kacie Gastanaga, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
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  • Kenia Ortega, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Jesus Palomares, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
  • Chase Paterson, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
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  • Ashley Pulido, Fruitland Hospice Youth Volunteer
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Although National Volunteer Recognition Week is coming to an end…..Heart ‘n Home never stops recognizing their wonderful Volunteers! Our team would not be complete without them! and our patients and their families would vouch for that as well 😉  Thanks again to our Volunteers, and to ALL of America’s outstanding and generous citizens we like to call “Volunteers!”

Hospice is About Living Life Fully

I am a relatively new employee at Heart ‘n Home. I may also be one of the oldest. If you had asked me a year ago if I would be working for a hospice organization I would have questioned your sanity and said if anything, I was planning for retirement – not a new career. Then, after 10 years of dialysis, my mother said that enough was enough and she ended those treatments and chose instead to become a patient on hospice. Hospice set up a bed in her home on August 7th and Mom died peacefully in her sleep early on the 14th.  She was not on hospice very long, but it was enough for our family to gather around her, care for her, sing her favorite songs, pray with her, love her and let her love us back. I had actually worked with hospice off and on my whole career as a pastor, but this was the first time it was personal. With the help of hospice, Mom was able to live out her life fully to the end and to die well.

Her passing marked the beginning of a crazy and amazing year. I was still not looking for an opportunity to become a spiritual care worker for any hospice organization, but when my wife was given the opportunity to begin a new counseling challenge at the medical clinic in La Pine, Oregon, I thought I would see if there was any jobs available for someone with my spiritual background. I did not have much hope that I would find something in La Pine, so you can understand how amazed I was when I saw an opening there with an organization called “Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC.” I applied for the job and two weeks later I was hired.  Three weeks after my start date, I was in a completely unfamiliar town, being overwhelmed with learning a new job  and the Heart ‘n Home way. I began my spiritual care work the week before Christmas, my wife and I moved the week after Christmas, and we have been adjusting to life in the wild and crazy “city” of La Pine ever since. All together, it has been a pretty steep learning curve.

Just a few days before my mom died, my daughter gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl. My daughter lives on the East Coast and my mom in the West, but she was able to see their pictures before she died, which was a joy for all of us. This year I was able to spend a week with them on the anniversary of their births. They wore me out, but it was a wonderful weariness. Maybe I am seeing things because I want to, but I am convinced that already I can see something of my mother in each of them. He has her smile and she has her love of music.

Those two young lives mean many things to me. Love. Hope. Gratitude. Pride. Remembrance. A fierce determination to protect them, even with my life.  They also remind me that hospice is about living life fully, from birth to end of life and back to birth again.

Ron Z.
La Pine Spiritual Care Provider
Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care

 

 

Celebrating our Hospice Volunteers! Meridian, Idaho

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

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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
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  • Emily Price, Meridian Hospice Volunteer
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  • 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!

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