Patient Recognition – Why I love what I do

At Elite, we live CAPLICO – Customer Second, Accountability, Passion for Learning, Love one another, Intelligent Risk Taking, Celebration, and Ownership. We make all of our staffing decisions on these ideals. As such, we realize that some amazing people call Elite their place of work. Here are some of the key thoughts they have shared:

I love my job in Home Health and Hospice because I get to work with the community and meet them where they are at during their current stage of life and health. I get to help them, in whatever way they need, in the comfort of their own space.

I believe one of my strengths in dealing with people in home health is therapeutic use of self and my heart to build relationships with people. It’s challenging and fun to learn the different cultures of the areas even the difference between Orofino and Kamiah – learning to adjust and have a whole new level of understanding for the people of each area and the culture helps me to be a well-rounded, compassionate and learn how and when to push a patient in these different communities. I’ve gotten to see some beautiful country and some remote areas that I would have never gotten to see if I hadn’t done home health.   This job affords a willing clinician the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and how to build authentic relationships and good relationships and good rapport with our clients.

I love home health for many reasons, first I get to meet some amazing people.  I get to help people that need help walking, moving, transferring that are not able to get to therapy but really need help so they can stay in their own homes where they are happy and comfortable.  I get to meet people in their own homes so what I do is directly related to what they need, it’s their own bed, chairs ,stairs homes they need to navigate.  It’s more personalized it’s one on one, my patients become more than just a patient,  they are real and I get to know them and their families. In knowing this I can help them achieve their goals and hopefully make life easier and more comfortable for them.  It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I am appreciated and I change lives. And of course last​ but not least… I get to love on other people’s dogs and cats ! It doesn’t get any better than that!  I love my job and my ELITE family! 

I love my job in home health because I get to care for my patients in the environment where they are the most comfortable, their home.

February is Cardiac Awareness Month!

Heart disease can occur in anyone, but research tells us that there are certain behaviors and conditions that are more likely to lead to heart disease.

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, these deaths are highly preventable when individuals engage in heart healthy behaviors and engage with their physicians for disease management.

Many people believe that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) inevitably comes with old age, there are many things that seniors can do to strengthen their heart and circulatory system.

Home health is an integrative approach that combines the medical treatments prescribed by your physician with specializations in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical dietitians, and skilled nurses to create regimens and systems in your home as part of your disease management.

Weekly Pulse for January 31, 2022

Home Health (Therapy) Start DateHospice (Nursing) Start Date
Clarkston1/312/1
Lewiston1/312/1
Moscow1/311/31
Orofino1/311/31
***Start Dates are contingent on receiving a complete referral***

Clinical Focus

Here is to healthy eyes!  Working with individuals who have lost their vision or are losing their ability to see means that part of our interventions have to proactively address systems to aid in independent living. Our goal in home health is to meet the patient where they are and support them in their goals. We do this in home health and in hospice to partner with each patient and family in an unique way. Thank you for joining us this month in learning about eye health and supporting our patients.

Question Corner

What home health services are available?

What if I don’t order a discipline that my patient needs?

 Home Health services are available for:

 * nursing,

* physical therapy,

* occupational therapy,

* speech-language pathology,

* medical social work,

* home health aides, and

* consultative medical dietitian.

The case manager for your patient may decide that additional services are needed. You will receive a request for an order with a clinical rationale for the service. If you have additional questions, you are welcome to reach out to the case manager and ask.

Our goal is to identify the team members that will best meet the patient’s needs in their current situation. This need is expected to change over time. The services we provide in home health reflect our patient’s changing condition.

People to know

Clarkston Liaison – Jana (509) 220-6766

Lewiston Liaison – Beth (509) 254-1381

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

Business Development – Ashley (509) 843-7605