September is Healthy Aging Month

The goal of healthy aging is to emphasize the habits for individuals to build into their lifestyle. The goal is for these behaviors to take hold before the later stages of aging and entry into the geriatric phase of life. Ideally, these are habits that start in the mid-40s and are continued into each of the following decades. Modifications of course are part of the process, but an holistic view of body, mind, soul, and spirit really direct a comprehensive approach that your healthcare team can build treatment plans around to support your engagement in your best life.

Here are some tips:

  1. Get Moving – There are many ways to stay active, and the target time commitment is around 10-15 minutes daily.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet – There are lots of diet fads and plans available, but the fundamentals are the same. Eating a balanced diet is crucial to maintaining your health.
  3. Stay Social – The power of community is real and isolation can have an impact on both your mental and physical wellbeing.
  4. Balance your Body and Mind – Engaging in thought provoking exercises is crucial to maintaining your mental abilities and supporting mental flexibility. Exercises for the mind are just as important as for the body.
  5. Commit to annual check-ups – Building a relationship with a primary care provider for your annual physical is key to identifying changes early. Don’t forget your dentist, optometrist, and audiologist. These services are crucial to accessing and participating in meaningful activities as part of your overall health strategy.

If you would like ideas of activities and strategies, check out https://www.unicityhealthcare.com/celebrating-healthy-aging-month-during-september/#:~:text=September%20is%20Healthy%20Aging%20Month,positive%20aspects%20of%20growing%20older.

Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers are integral to the service of hospice. Our volunteers are critical in making the quality of life focus of hospice a reality. Most of our volunteers do this work, because they can make a real difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

For more information about volunteering with Elite, send us an email at info@EliteHHH.com

According to https://hospicefoundation.org/Volunteer

Support for patients
This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, interpreting for those who do not speak English, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets. Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy. Some hospices also utilize volunteers who offer complementary therapies such as aroma therapy or therapeutic touch.

Respite and support for family members
Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.

Child care assistance
This can include help with babysitting, picking up children from school or providing necessary transportation to club meetings or sporting events and practices. 

Bereavement support programs
Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice‚Äôs bereavement staff. Duties may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments, or helping with mailings to families.

Fundraising and administrative work
A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank-you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting potential donors.

Special skills and interests
Many hospices utilize volunteers to maintain their grounds and landscaping. Notaries, barbers and beauticians often volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often volunteer to play at hospice inpatient facilities.

Special requirements

Most hospices require volunteers to be over the age of 18 or 21, but some have volunteer programs for high school students. It is not uncommon for people whose loved one died in hospice care to want to volunteer for the hospice provider soon after the death, but most hospices require newly bereaved volunteer candidates to wait for a period of time before volunteering at the bedside. Hospices typically require prospective volunteers to submit to a background check, usually at the hospice’s expense. To ensure that volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, they are required to complete extensive orientation and training sessions. A hospice may require volunteers to have a valid driver’s license, particularly if the volunteer will be traveling to patient homes. 

Like other members of the hospice team working directly with patients and families, hospice volunteers may be required to receive vaccinations or show evidence of vaccine history or immunity to certain contagious diseases.

The act of volunteering has life changing impacts. Here are some TEDtalks that discusses the benefit of being a volunteer.

3 reasons why you should volunteer
Health benefits of volunteering

Butterfly Memorial Ceremony

Your body is away from me

but there is a window open

from my heart to yours.

From this window, like the moon

I keep sending news secretly.

by Rumi

Please join us in our butterfly release ceremony. This is a time to remember those that have left us. Share in their memory together as a community. We plan to offer live entertainment, crafts for kids, and refreshments.

Each family will be given a live butterfly to release as part of the ceremony in memory of a lost loved one.

Please plan to join us.

Saturday, September 17th 1 – 3 PM

Pioneer Park, Lewiston

If you have questions or need additional information, please email us at info@elitehhh.com

2022 LC Valley Senior Health Fair

Elite Home Health & Hospice in collaboration with Elk’s Lodge Lewiston is hosting a Senior Health Fair.

When: Wednesday, September 14th 3 – 6 PM

Where: Elk’s Lodge, 3444 Country Club Drive, Lewiston, ID 83501

Information: info@elitehhh.com

We will be having guest speakers from:

-Skilled Nursing

-Assisted Living

-Home Health

-Hospice

-Palliative Care

-Home care

-Estate Planning

-Funeral Arrangement

-Health Screens: Blood pressure checks, cholesterol screens, fall risk assessments and more

Our goal is to provide you with resources for your health. We are a resource to patients and their families in the aging process supporting rehabilitation and a return to independent living through home health services, managing chronic illness through palliative care, and assistance with the complexities of end-of-life through hospice.

For more information, check out our event on Facebook at https://fb.me/e/1ZXIukFL1