Weekly Pulse for February 28, 2022

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***Start Dates are contingent on receiving a complete referral***

Clinical Focus

Palliative Services are coming soon!!

Elite is embarking on a new journey…offering palliative services in Idaho.

Palliative services are an exciting opportunity for Elite to expand its partnership with local practitioners to aid in meeting the complexities of complex chronic disease management. Patients with difficulty making appointments, managing multiple complex diseases, managing symptoms related to polypharmacy, and needing frequent review and blood work benefit most from palliative care. We are excited to be a partner with our community in serving these patients.

We will be sharing key facts about this new service line over the next month. Join us as we learn together!

Question Corner

What makes Elite’s hospice services different from others?

Elite has the unique opportunity of providing the core services of nursing, chaplain, and social work. We pride ourselves in treatment frequencies that meet the patient and their family where they are in the process.

Since we are connected to a home health agency, we can tap into the unique expertise of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical dietitian. These services are uniquely available, because we provide coverage in Asotin and Garfield counties in Washington and Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, and Lewis counties in Idaho.

We also offer the support of bath aides and massage therapy to support comfort and alternatives to pain management.

If you have questions about what makes Elite different, send us an email at info@EliteHHH.com  

People to know

Clarkston Liaison – coming soon

Lewiston Liaison – Beth (509) 254-1381

Moscow & Orofino Liaison – Scott (509) 234-3102

Business Development – Ashley (509) 843-7605

Our Hospice Philosophy

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Elite Home Health and Hospice believes that choice always exists. Excellent quality of life is always attainable — people with illness can live fully and die well.

When death is accepted as a natural part of life, hope changes but does not disappear. A person faced with serious, life-limiting, or terminal illness need not stop reaching for wishes and dreams. Elite Home Health & Hospice has a bias toward saying yes, and we focus on enhancing and maintaining the quality of life as defined by each patient and family.

Hospice is a philosophy aimed at providing palliative (comfort) care to patients in their end-of-life stages. To carry out these services, Elite Home Health and Hospice utilizes a medically-directed Interdisciplinary Group that involves patients, their families, professionals, and volunteers. We believe that a “family” includes anyone significant to the patient, regardless of blood relation.

The goals of palliation are comfort, dignity, and quality of life. The difference between this and other treatments designed to cure or control a disease is that palliative care focuses on the person living with the disease rather than on the disease itself. People may choose palliation before “all else has failed” if, in their experience, the burdens of continued curative treatment outweigh its benefits. While Interdisciplinary Team members have expertise in hospice and palliative care, they are not experts in any individual situation. The only experts are the patient and family. They are in charge of determining how their care is planned.

Every effort is made by the hospice team to provide maximum physical comfort for the patient. Hospice then focuses on the heads and hearts of those experiencing the disease process–preparing emotionally and spiritually for death. Elite Home Health and Hospice considers it just as important to provide these services to family members as we do to our patients. This is one reason why we provide bereavement counseling for all those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Palliative care does not automatically include nor exclude any specific treatment or approach.  Hospice looks at each difficult symptom–from physical pain to anxiety and isolation–and outlines options for addressing that symptom. Multiple choices are always available. The benefits and burdens of each option are considered, and the patient and family select the option that feels most comfortable.

Elite Home Health and Hospice was created by seasoned hospice professionals who are committed to providing care that exceeds all expectations. We do this without prejudice in an environment that supports the integrity and dignity of all people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What is Hospice: Myths About Hospice Care

‘Hospice’ is a term that describes a specific type of symptom management care for people who will eventually die as a result of a progressive disease. In order to make informed decisions and take advantage of the personalized level of care and services that hospice offers, we can correct our misconceptions.

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