Blood Donation

Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood?

On December 31, 1969, President Nixon designated January as National Blood Donors Month. The goal of this proclamation was to bring awareness and support for the voluntary donation of blood. Many blood banks run short of supply following the holidays which impacts local hospitals in their ability to provide life-saving treatments. There are many organizations actively collaborating on how to best support routine blood donation from communities.

Blood Donation Tips

The COVID-19 pandemic helped to raise awareness of donation of whole blood, plasma, and platelet donations. Shortages revealed the need for varying not just the donation type but the varying types of blood. While there are limitations on who can receive what blood, no matter the blood type (A, AB, B, and O), the donation is needed. This is also true for Rh factors (+ or -); your blood can save a life.

Blood Type

Thyroid Health and the Aging Process

The thyroid, more specifically the thyroid gland, is part of the endocrine system. The gland is responsible for producing two hormones, the thyroxine (T4) and the triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid sits just below the voice box and is made up of a right lobe and a left lobe. The thyroid is involved in the metabolism processes of the cells. Disorders of the thyroid can result in too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little production (hypothyroidism) of hormones.

In the elderly, thyroid disease can be confused with other conditions given the symptoms that are present and the physical changes a person may experience. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, heat intolerance, anxiety, and gritty eyes. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include tiredness, feeling cold, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and depression. With aging, individuals may only experience one or two symptoms.

Daily medications are often prescribed for the treatment of thyroid disease either supporting hormone production or inhibiting hormones. Consistency with a prescribed medication regimen is critical to effectively managing thyroid disease. Home health services are available to support understanding thyroid disease in the elderly, creating effective medication management regimens, and supporting healthy lifestyle choices around weight changes and energy levels for self-care.

For more information, check out these resources at

https://www.btf-thyroid.org/what-is-thyroid-disorder#:~:text=The%20thyroid%20gland%20is%20an,your%20body%20to%20work%20normally.

Home Health and Glaucoma

Managing progressive illnesses, such as glaucoma, require proactive interventions. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-tips-for-living-better-with-glaucoma), individuals diagnosed with glaucoma can prevent progression by

  1. adhering to medications
  2. avoiding falls and accidents
  3. maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  4. reading
  5. creating a support team

Home health services support patients by creating positive routines for the care and management of their person and their disease (https://preferhome.com/senior-resources/common-senior-illnesses/glaucoma/). Because glaucoma can impact the way an individual processes light vs. dark, contrasts, transitioning from different lit rooms, or have sensitivity to light or glare, home health professionals, such as occupational therapists, are uniquely trained to examine and process these environmental challenges.

Our goal is to keep patients in their chosen living environment. Proactively setting up systems helps make this a reality.

Growing and Serving more communities in 2023

Elite Home Health & Hospice is committed to serving the communities of the Lewiston/Clarkston valley, Moscow, and Orofino. We have been able to expand our services and support patients as far as Kooskia and up into Potlatch in 2022. We grew by adding in palliative services in April of 2022. Our growth is not going to stop in 2023. We plan to launch with home health services in Craigmont and Winchester in early 2023 and expand services by the end of the year.

This endeavor means that we are looking at what makes Elite an employer of choice within our communities. We believe that within the jobs that we create to support these communities we are employing individuals with a mission to provide “life-changing service.” Home Health, Palliative and Hospice services are also opportunities for individuals to pursue work-life balance with a flexible schedule, competitive wages and benefits, and a work culture that is supportive. Our core values of CAPLICO are a driving force for how and who we are.

C – Customer Second

A – Accountability

P – Passion for Learning

L – Love One Another

I – Intelligent Risk Taking

C – Celebration

O – Ownership

WE are regularly reviewing our areas of service and how to better meet those needs. If you are a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, registered dietitian, social worker, or nurses’ aide, we would love the opportunity to speak with you about your goals and aspirations. Our home health and hospice programs are always growing. We know the needs of our community are great. If you are a provider (a physician or nurse practitioner), we would love to speak with you about ways that you can participate in Elite’s unique mission to provide “life-changing service” in hospice and palliative care.

2023 is going to be a great year. We are so excited to have you join us!

Thank you for 2022!!

Here at Elite, we are so grateful for the opportunity to serve the communities we live in and the people we call neighbors.

In 2022, Elite offered home health and hospice services in:

Asotin County

Garfield County

Nez Perce County

Latah County

Clearwater County

Idaho County

We were also able to offer palliative services in:

Asotin County

Nez Perce County

Clearwater County

Latah County

Our mission is the same

Life-changing service

Thank you for letting us come into your homes to provide you care and support!

Happy New Year from all of us at Elite!

What is Hospice? What is Palliative Care?

What is Hospice
What is palliative care

Elite launched its palliative care program on April 1, 2022. We are pleased to serve the community with palliative care programming to help patients manage their illness and pursue cures while minimizing symptoms. Our job is to support you.

What is needed for a hospice referral?

Typically, your physician will send us a referral with your current medications, labs, and visit summaries. Your doctor may include information from your most recent visit or procedures to show the interventions that have been provided.

At Elite, we will typically send one of our liaisons to you to talk through how Elite provides the services associated with hospice. Families typically gather as many people as possible to sit in on this discussion. They ask questions and review the information.

If you decide to move forward, a nurse will come out to your home and perform a comprehensive assessment. Our job is to get you started on the right supports from day one. You have access to a triage nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What is needed for a palliative referral?

You can refer yourself onto our palliative program. We love to gather information from all of your providers, so typically, we will have you sign a release. This allows us to gather information from your providers on recent interventions – therapies, labs, procedures, surgeries, and upcoming treatments. Our goal is to help you manage symptoms, so we have to know what’s coming.

Our goal is to get you on the right program at the right time. If you have questions, just ask. We are here to support you.

December is Handwashing Awareness Month

Quick Facts:

  • Germs are everywhere. Make handwashing with soap and water a healthy habit to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. 
  • Everything you touch has germs that stay on your hands. Make clean hands a healthy habit everywhere you go so you don’t get sick. 
  • Your hands carry germs you can’t see. Take the time to wash your hands for 20 seconds during key times to stay healthy.
  • Handwashing can help prevent 1 in 5 respiratory illnesses and 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses. Learn more about the benefits of handwashing. 
  • Stay healthy by making handwashing a regular part of your cooking routine. Wash hands to prevent spreading germs to your food and your family. 
  • Don’t let germs ruin your food plans. Make handwashing a healthy habit while preparing food for yourself and loved ones. 
  • Everything you touch has germs that stay on your hands. Wash your hands while preparing food so you don’t get sick. 
  • Wash your hands often when you cook to prevent the spread of germs. Be sure to wash before preparing any food.
Handwashing from the CDC

For more information, check out CDC.gov

December is Flu Vaccine Awareness Month

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting
against flu viruses


Even though the vaccine composition is still the same, everyone needs to get
vaccinated with this season’s vaccine because immunity from last season’s vaccine will
have declined.

People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women,
people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease
and people 65 years and older.

Children 6 months through 8 years of age who did not receive at least one dose of the
2010-2011 vaccine, or for whom it is not certain whether 2010-2011 vaccine was
4 received, should receive 2 doses of the 2011-2012 seasonal vaccine, administered at
least 4 weeks apart.


There are two types of vaccines:
The “flu shot” — an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a
needle, usually in the arm.
There are three different flu shots available:
o a regular flu shot approved for people ages 6 months and older
o a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, and
o the new intradermal flu shot approved for people 18 through 64 years of
age.
The age indications for the different flu shots vary, but all may be given to people
with chronic medical conditions.


The nasal-spray flu vaccine — a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that
is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated Influenza
Vaccine”). The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is
approved for use in most healthy* people 2 through 49 years of age who are not
pregnant. (See http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm for a complete list of
those who can and cannot receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.)

Information about CMS and the Flu Shot

For more information, check out CMS.gov and CDC.gov

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes is a complex disease with multiple challenges that result as the disease progresses. One of the known complexities is the impact on vision and the eyes of individuals with advancing diabetes. Diabetes-related retinopathy damages the blood vessels that support the eye and causing bleeding in the retina. The complexities that result may lead to fluid leakage in the macula causing blurred vision, a condition known as macular edema. Other known complexities include cataracts (clouding of the lens which results in blurry and dulled vision) and glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve and the loss of side vision from fluid buildup in the eye). The complexities of managing diabetes and the aging process with vision loss to blindness increase challenges for adherence to medical recommendations and independent living.

For more information, check out PreventBlindness.org

November is COPD and Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a long-term lung disease. The disease affects millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S. Common risk factors include:

  • smoking
  • environment – inhaling hazardous fumes, air pollution, smoke, dust, chemicals
  • alpha -1 deficiency – an inherited gene that affects the ability to produce the protein that protects the lungs
  • a history of childhood respiratory infections

Lung cancer happens when cells in the lung change, because known risk factors – smoking and the environment, but lung cancer can also happen in people with no known risks. Cancer cells destroy healthy lung tissue and will spread beyond the lungs affecting other organs of the body. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in men and women in the US with smoking as the greatest risk factor.

For more information, visit lung.org the official site of the American Lung Association.