Thirsty? Your’re Already Dehydrated

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Hillcrest partners with Saint Alphonsus Home Health & Hospice to talk about dehydration. Everyone joined in the discussion and asked questions. Make plans to join us next month as we talk about How to Live to be 100 on Monday July 29th at 3:00 pm at Hillcrest to learn more about longevity.

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We encourage our residents to take part in our hydration program on a daily bases at Hillcrest Assisted Living. A person should drink eight glasses of water a day. If you are thirsty you could already be dehydrated.



  • Dehydration is a condition in which the body’s loss of water far exceeds its fluid intake
  • our bodies need fluids to function normally
  • on average, a person can live only four days without fluids


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A few ways fluids help our bodies

  • regulating our body temperature through sweating
  • maintaining an adequate blood pressure
  • Eliminating waste from our bodies


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  • Fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and increase urination due to infection
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • The inability to seek appropriate water and food
  • An access to safe drinking water
  • Significant injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores or severe skin diseases of infections


  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness, even fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output: urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

When you Seek Medical Care

  • Call your doctor if the dehydrated person experiences any of the following:
  • Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • diarrhea for more than 2 days
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased urine production
  • Confusion
  • Weakness

These are a few of tips about dehydration. If you have more questions please contact Heather Redford at for more information.

Please check out our website at for more discussions like this one.


Published Author Visits Hillcrest

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“The Silence of Bright Star” is a collection of poetry by author Susan Lowman-Thomas. Susan wrote this collection of Poetry that ranges from the joyful to the heart broken. The collection captures glimpses of memories, reflections and reactions to life’s events. Susan takes the essence of what brings us profound joy or sorrow and illuminates it like a bright star. Susan’s mother lives at Hillcrest and is beaming with pride as her daughter shares her poetry with her friends at Hillcrest.

If you would like to purchase Susan’s book please email her at

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Fall Prevention

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Heather-Skye Redford with St Alphonsus Home Health & Hospice an Amedisys partner will be partnering with Hillcrest to enlighten our residents about fall prevention. Please contact Heather if you have any questions regarding fall prevention.

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  • Nearly one third of people over the age of 65 will fall at least one time a year.
  • One half of all people 85 years and older will fall once a year, and many fall several times a year.
  • Elderly women tend to fall more frequently than elderly men.
  • Most falls occur when we are doing normal activities around the house.
  • Over 70% of all falls occur at home.

How we maintain our balance

  • Vision
  • The “Inner Ear”
  • Sensation in our feet and lower body
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility

Situations in your home that could cause a Fall

  • Small pets that you might trip over.
  • Slippery floors in the bathroom or tub
  • A tub-shower combination(not a walk-in shower)
  • No grab bars in the shower.
  • No grab bars near the toilet.
  • Dimly lit room or rooms.
  • Blinds and shades always closed, making rooms dark.
  • A bed that is high and difficult to get in to.
  • Having to go down steps to get outside.
  • Small toys on the floor.
  • These are few of the that could cause falls in home.

Bathroom Safety

  • Install grab bars.
  • Never grab a towel rack, shampoo holder or soap tray for support in the shower. These will not hold a person’s weight.
  • Let the soap suds go down the drain before you move around in the shower. Do not turn suddenly.
  • Use a shower chair and a hand held shower.
  • Clean up puddles of water right away.
  • Do not lock the bathroom door. That will delay help getting to you.
  • Keep the night light on.
  • Use bathroom rugs with non-skid backing.
  • Place a rubber mat or non-skid backing strips on the bathtub/shower floor.

Stair Safety

  • Never carry any packages you can’t see over.
  • Keep at least one hand on the handrail.
  • Concentrate on what you are doing; do not be distracted by sounds.
  • Provide enough light to see steps clearly.
  • Keep stairs clutter free.
  • Cover stairs with a tightly woven carpet or non-slip treads.
  • these are a few safety tips regarding stairs.

Your Vision

  • Wear glasses if you need them but remove reading glasses before you walk.
  • By impairing edge contrast and depth perception, these glasses increase the risks of falling.

The phone

  • If you are not close to the telephone when it rings don’t rush to answer it. Fast sudden moves can throw you off balance.
  • Make sure you have access to a telephone that you can reach to call for help if you fall. Consider carrying a portable phone.

Eliminate Hazards

  • Wear cloths that fit you properly. You could trip on a coat, pair of pants or a bathrobe that is too long.
  • Wear low heeled shoes with non-skid soles.
  • Tied shoes with a fairly snug fit are preferred, but keep laces tied.
  • Avoid shoes with a thick heavy sole.

Reduce Medical Risk Factors

  • Get an annual physical and eye exams particularly an evaluation of cardiac and blood pressure problems.
  • Maintain a diet with adequate dietary calcium and vitamin D.
  • Participate in an exercise program for agility, strength, balance and coordination.
  • Participate in a walk program
  • Keep an up-to-date list of all medications and provide it to all doctors with whom you consult.
  • Know the side effects of your medications.
  • Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and stored in a well lit area according to instructions.
  • Take medications on schedule with a full glass of water, unless otherwise instructed.

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Honor Flight of Idaho


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Honor Flight of Idaho’s mission is to transport Idaho war veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Honor Flight of Idaho is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s Veterans. Priority is given to WWII veterans and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorials. The program will naturally transition to the Korean War, Vietnam War and any veteran who has served, on a chronological basis.

Many WWII veterans have dreamed of seeing their memorials, but time is not on their side. The time to act is now, WWII veterans are passing away at a rate of over 1000 a day across the United States. There is no cost to the veteran so trips are simply not possible without public and corporate support. This is a small way of saying “Thank You” to our WWII veterans, please help support our mission with your tax deductible donation today. Hillcrest was privileged to have Lance enlighten us about Honor Flight of Idaho. If any veteran is interested in going on this trip to Washington with Lance please contact him at his email listed below.

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Contact Lance ‘Rocket’ Stephensen at for more information.

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Father’s Day Bash

We were bursting at the seams on Father’s Day at Hillcrest. Residents and family enjoyed eating BBQ Ribs, macaroni salad, watermelon and homemade root beer. Our fathers and families listened to and danced to the music of The Entertainers Band who played favorites from the 40′s and 50′s. Make plans to join us next year for Father’s Day.

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Alive after 5 pm

Ken Brokamp added some zip to our happy hour at Hillcrest on June 12th. Everyone was moved from one thought to another, from one emotion to another, through the use of song, music and stories. Our residents enjoyed their beverages as they listened to this unique entertainment.

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Discussion about Knee Pain

2013-06-18 14.35.53Robert B. Horsley president and CEO of Freedom Healthcare spoke to Hillcrest residents about knee pain. He said we could be free of pain in the knee.The keys to Freedom Healthcare knee program success is as follows

All natural, organic Supartz acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in the knee.

Injections are visually guided by a live motion imaging unit to insure minimal pain and maximal injection accuracy.

Custom, progressive rehabilitation specifically tailored for each patient that maximizes and enhances the effect of treatment.

Our on-site, highly trained medical staff work with each patient individually.

Email Robert at for more information

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Idaho State Historical Museum

Id state historical Museum2013-06-19 10.16.23Experience Idaho’s rich history through a visit to the Idaho State Historical Museum.  Discover our State’s remarkable people, places, and events. Travel the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail to find the explorer’s secret cache, climb aboard and compare a variety of historic saddles, admire the artistry of Native American basketry, and imagine taking a drink at a frontier saloon.

Founded in 1907, the Idaho Historical Museum has a comprehensive collection of over 250,000 objects.  Events, special traveling exhibitions, and programs provide unique learning opportunities for families, school groups, and other visitors.  The Idaho State Historical Museum receives support and resources from the Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary.
The museum is conveniently located in Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise and is open year round.  Plan your visit to the Idaho State Historical Museum today.

We toured the museum on Wednesday, June 19th and learned a lot about the State of Idaho’s history. Afterwards we went to Golden Star Chinese Restaurant for lunch and had a great time reminiscing about all we learned at the museum.

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Bethany Adams, Finalist for Caregiver of the Year Award

2013-05-23 12.37.15What is Happen and The Caregiver of the Year Award?

Happen, (Healthcare Associates Providing Positive Education and Networking), is a non-profit association of healthcare providers. 13 years ago it was formed to support all entities within healthcare in the Treasure Valley. The Caregiver of the Year Award was launched in 2007 to recognize those individuals who provide outstanding care to those in need. These individuals go above and beyond their normal job descriptions to provide professional, caring services to enhance the quality of their clients’/patients’ lives. Their work is often difficult and thankless. These caregivers are nominated by their employer, clients and others in the community.

Hillcrest was honored to nominate our very own Bethany Adams. She is an eight year veteran in taking the best of care of our residents. Bethany was a finalist nominee and a winner in our hearts!

Congratulations Bethany!