Taking Care of Grandpa

Growing up in Southern Colorado, every summer my grandparents would pick up me and my siblings for a trip to their cabin in Creede. My grandfather is a World War II veteran whose birthday just happens to fall on July 6, so we’d celebrate the country he loves and his birthday all in the same week. This year, my grandfather turned 97 years old. He says his years at the cabin are over, although he’d

Getting the Right Care at the Right Time!

It is human nature to sometimes think ahead and plan for the future. For example, we plan for school, relationships, births, vacations and retirement. Strategic planning is not all that difficult. It may require that we step back from our day-to-day activities and think a bit about what we want to achieve, and how we wish to achieve it. That being said, too many of us are either embarrassed or uncomfortable planning for our future

Managing Pain at End-of-Life

Pain Management is a complicated issue for any patient, but even more so for those facing life-threatening illnesses or an end-of-life prognosis. At VNA, our physicians are trained specifically in management of symptoms when quality of life matters so much, when time is short at the end of life. VNA’s Hospice Medical Director, Dr. Neeta Nayak is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, and much of her role involves addressing pain management for the

Round-the-Clock Hospice Care Keeps Patients and Families at Home — and out of the Hospital

Seniors have more housing options than ever, from the booming tiny house market to roommates and retirement communities. Senior living communities, however, remain a popular choice. Family members who provide hospice care to a loved one at home can experience emotions and encounters that range from immensely satisfying to intensely scary. When a hospice patient takes a turn for the worse at home—struggles to breathe, experiences sudden pain, loses consciousness, becomes agitated, or battles chronic

Locals Choose HEART ‘N HOME as Best of Treasure Valley

Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care was awarded The ​Best of Treasure Valley​™ 2019 in home care by Inbound Systems! ​ ​The Best of Treasure Valley introduces a new way of identifying and recognizing the best businesses in the community. Using a combination of online reviews and community votes, winners were determined across nine categories and 184 subcategories. More than 18,000 unique ballots were cast during the voting round by Treasure Valley residents. Local

Living Life to Its Fullest

Joliet Area Community Hospice Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing end of life, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to each patient’s individual needs and wishes. Hospice can improve a person’s quality of life when curative treatments and technology are no longer effective or desired. Like various sectors of the medical community, Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) includes complementary therapies in patient care