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
***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