How do you want to be REMEMBERED and who will tell your story?

It’s an intriguing question… and one that can be answered by someone who truly understands, the benefits of funeral pre-planning. It’s your life. It’s your story to tell.

The Benefits of a Pre-Arranged Funeral

Your pre-planned funeral will have an emotional side and a financial side. And both can be determined with relative ease. Consider the Following as your formulate your decision.

Having a pre-planned funeral:

  • Removes decision-making requirements from your loved ones by revealing your personal choices well in advance of need.
  • Ensures services and merchandise you choose now will be guaranteed for the same price no matter what the cost in the future.
  • Earned growth in the plan adds to the final benefit paid, with excess to the final benefit paid, with excess refunded to your beneficiaries where applicable.
  • Flexible payment plans available to meet your needs.
  • Transferable plan if you move out of the area. When transferred, the receiving mortuary or funeral home determines status of the price guarantee.
  • First-Day Coverage (just two or three health questions), or Guaranteed-Issue (no health questions asked) plans are available depending upon individual health.
  • Preserves the option to obtain government assistance in the future, by making the plan irrevocable.
  • Provides you with risk protection during the payment period, plan is insured through a national insurance company.
  • Includes Accidental Death Benefit  for Guaranteed-Issue and multi-year contracts.
  • Transportation Benefit (an additional $500 in coverage) if death occurs 250 or more miles away from principal  residence and basic plan exceeds $2,000.
  • Supplemented Transportation Benefit Benefit (an additional $500 in coverage) for a nominal premium at the time of application, if the death occurs 250 or more miles away from the principal residence.
  • Protection for your grandchildren  (a one-time $2,500 benefit) available for a normal premium at the time of application.

It’s your story to tell, and when you’ve fully stated your wishes to family and friends, a huge Burdon will have been lifted from the ones you love.

The emotional benefits are many with a pre-planned funeral. A funeral is one of the most personal as well as emotional occasions your family will ever share. A family discussion of funeral planning, although sensitive, can be a very worth-while experience for you and the ones you love. Working with you, they will realize how you want to be remembered and how to tell your story.

Today, many people are making their own funeral plans. And it is not as difficult as you might think. It’s really nothing more than taking an inventory of your life. Family, friends, employment, accomplishments, hobbies, milestones will all pay a part. With that completed, your personal memorial instructions can be completed using our My Personal Careletter Funeral Planning Guide. Your selection of music, flowers, speakers, every aspect of the memorial service will be orchestrated by you. Through your plan, we will combine your historical information and personal preferences for your funeral arrangements with a payment plan to absolutely fit any budget.

“Every Life Leaves A Legacy!”

Please contact Shane Hudson at 208-866-8110 or for more information.



Low Vision: A Hidden Disability







encompass Gave an in-service to our Staff this Month and I thought I would share this information you.


Diabetic Retinopathy

Leaking of blood vessels in eye causing dark patches in visual field. Typically develops from long term diabetes.


  • Blurriness or distortion
  • Floaters
  • Shadows or missing areas of vision
  • Blindness


Damage to optic nerve due to increased pressure inside the eye


  • loss of peripheral vision
  • blurred central vision


Areas of opacity develop in the lens of the eyes, called “clouding of the lens”


  • Blurred or hazy vision intensified by bright light
  • decreased perception of Blue colors
  • Blindness

Can be caused by long-term exposure to UV light & radiation, hypertension, diabetes, advanced age, physical trauma or injury, or drug induced (corticosteroids may cause cataracts).

Macular Degeneration

Damage of deterioration of retina causing loss of vision to centeral visual field but never total blindness


  • Bluffed/fuzzy vision
  • Dark spots in center of vision (out of focus & wavy edges)
  • Color discrimination difficulty
  • Slow recovery of vision after exposure to bright light

Leading Causes of low Vision

  • Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Cataracts

Low Vision (LV) Definitions

  • For home health, LV is defined as visual impairment that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
  • For the Division of Blind, LV is defined as vision that is worse than 20/70 visual acuity in the better seeing eye.

Low Vision: A Hidden Disability

  • Low Vision has had little attention from healthcare professionals. Yet it is the 3rd leading cause of disability among seniors in the US after cardiac disease & arthritis.
  • The American Foundation for Blind estimates > 3 million Americans age 65 & older have severely impaired vision now. By 2030, this number will rise to 7 million.

Quality of Life Issues

Think about all the life style changes that are affected:

Grooming, bathing, dressing, mobility

     Meal Preparation

     Financial Maintenance



     Community and leisure activities

Learning to accept assistance for these tasks is difficult.

  DEPRESSION is Common.

Giving up or Decreasing participation in activities we enjoy doing

1 in 3 older adults with low vision experience clinical depression

Twice as likely to fall. Can be due to not seeing changes in step depth or curb changes

Experience sense of loss and go through steps of grieving before acceptance.

Effects Of Low Hearing

Signs you have difficulty with any of the following:

  • Writing a note or Check
  • Identifying money
  • Threading a needle
  • Pouring a drink
  •  Reading the newspaper or a book
  • Taking meds of checking a glucose level
  • Matching colors of clothing
  • Seeing the numbers on a phone
  • Seeing the faces of family and friends clearly

Therapy valuation

If you answered YES to any of these items because of difficulty seeing you could benefit from a therapist coming to your home to provide recommendations training in environmental adaptations.

How We Can Help

Focus of therapy is to enable a person to safely & Independently complete daily living tasks that are compromised.

This is accomplished is several ways:

  • Modify activities so they can be accomplished even with reduced vision

Ex: Large numbered telephone pads

  • Train in the use of adaptive equipment

Ex. magnifiers, writing templates, or liquid level indicators

  • Create a safe home environment to prevent falls and injuries

Ex: marking with contrast steps, stairs, cabinet or doors corners

  • Teach to use the remaining vision as vision as best as possible

Common Therapy Strategies

Adaptions a therapist may suggest:

  • Optimal Lighting
  • Recommended appropriate Magnifier
  • Increase contrast to increase visibility
  • Minimize background pattern.
  • Organize and print on labels for easier reading
  • Enlarge print on labels for easier reading
  • Visual or tactile markings on appliances for easier use
  • Tactile modifications added to clothing for easier identification

Adaptation Examples

Use tape, or paint the edges of cabinet doors for contrast

Label kitchen items such as spices, foods, and measuring spoons/cups with large print

Wrap colored tape around pot handles

When dining, use a placemat for contrast

Mark settings with a bold marker, tactile paint, or bump dots

Wrap grab bars in the shower or tub area, and next to the commode with contrasting tape

Ask pharmacist for large-print labels, or use colored rubber bands to tell your medicine apart

Use large-print pillbox for daily medicines

Label Clothing for easier identification

Mark your favorite chair with a bright colored cushion, slipcover or towel along the back

Use telephones with large-print button

Large print remote control for television

The road to recovering your lifestyle begins with understanding how to care for yourself… Your Eyes at Work Eye Disorders Adapt to lifestyle with Low Vision

If you have any questions please contact Canyin Barnes-Area Manager with encompass





Hillcrest is Getting A Face Lift

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Hillcrest is going through a Major over hall outside. I Posted a few the steps for to see and will post more.

1.All the parking lots around Hillcrest have been  Asphalted.

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2. The second step is a new sign that lights up the neighborhood at night. Come by and take a look. Our address is 1093 S. Hilton Street.

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3. This picture is the start of our courtyard trees being removed so other trees and shrubs can grow and help to make this a beautiful place to relax. This will be a relaxing place to get away and be one with nature when this project is complete.

Please check back. next week so see the big changes that are coming.























3.The flags are markers that mark the sprinklers.

Please check back on Monday I will keep you informed about the changes that are taking place outside at Hillcrest.









Cholesteral and Heart Disease Discussion

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  • Heart Desease is the nation’s single leading Cause of death for both men and women
  • High Cholesterol is a leading rish factor in the development of Heart Disease
  • At least 58.8 Million people suffer from some form of heary diosease

What is Heart Disease?

  • Any disorder that affects the heart’s ability to function normally
  • Common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • Shortness of breath during physical activity or even while lying in bed
  • Frequent cough or wheezing
  • Bloating
  • The need to urinate more often during the night
  • Swollen feet, legs and ankles

What is cholesterol?

  • Cholesterol is a waxy, fat like substance that helps cells and tissue membranes work correctly.
  • HDL is the “good” Cholesterol
  • LDL is the “bad” cholesterol
  • Too much or too little of one type can put you at risk for heart disease

Risk factors for high cholesterol

  • Age: Cholesterol tends to rise with age
  • High-fat diet
  • Obesity
  • Family members with high cholesterol`

Prevention of Heart Disease and High Cholesterol

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Control diabetes
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Control weight
  • Manage stress
  • Quit smoking

Benifits of Exercise

  • Improve the flow of blood through your body
  • Strengthen your heart and body
  • Tone your muscles
  • Increase your energy level
  • Manage stress
  • Raise your spirits


  • Medication can be a key factor in treating heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Medicine can help improve your ovewrall quality of life, when used as directed


  • Early detection and/or early intervention with Heart Disease and High Cholesterol can result in beffer outcomes

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If you have any questions please contact Heather at 208-321-8641 or email her at

Thanks Heather for sharing your knowledge with our community at Hillcrest Asststed Living

Welcome April Kohlmaier to Hillcrest

April First I want to say thanks to everyone for the warm welcome I have received here at Hillcrest. I have been a licensed administator for 10 years and have never worked with such a great group. I am excited for the future.

I started in healthcare over 15 years ago as a CNA in a long term care facility. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration in 2005. I love working with the senior population most of all. I welcome you to come see me anytime for any reason. I have an open door policy. I am committed to quality and following thru on whatever you need.

At home I spend a lot of time with my husband, Mike, and our five children. The kids range in ages from 10 weeks to 14 years old. Family is the most important thing to me and I am glad I get to be a part of the wonderful family at Hillcrest.


Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees

2 1/4cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2sticks) butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-0z pkg.)

NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts









Beat Butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoons into ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE COOKIE VARIATION: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 15×10-inch jelly-roll pan. PRepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. co0ol in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 doxen bars.

SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION: PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each halfinto 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

May we stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR ALL ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

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Please join us for an informative seminar on the end of life questions and the benefits of pre-planning. Today, many people are making their own funeral plans in advance. The advantages are numerous. In this seminar we will discuss everything you need to know to make informative decisions regarding funerals and available options. Please bring and questions you may have and join us for this opportunity to learn and be educated.

Wednesday, October 29 at 3:00 pm at Hillcrest Assisted Living 1093 S Hilton St Boise, Idaho. If you have any questions please contact Kevin at 345-4460.

Sponsored by

SummersFor more information please contact Shaune Hudson at to make appointment to pre-planning your funeral in advance. 


Fall Prevention with encompass Home Health & Hospice



Encompass offers a program to help improve a patient’s general health, Mobility and decrease the risk of a fall


Our program is based on the American and British Geriatic Society (AGS/BGS) Best Practice Guidelines for Fall Prevention starting with a compresehensive fall assessment that Guides appropriate care including:

  • Home enviroment assessment-We use the Home Falls and Accident Screening Tool (HOME FAST)
  • Strength, Balance, Exercise Training
    • We Use the evidence based OTAGO Exercise Programme
    • Baseline measure of walking speed (considered the 6th vital sign and predictive to fall risk AND hospitalization) and subsequent measures to evaluate improvement
  • Implementation measure of medication simplification strategies coordinated with the referring physician
  • Orthostatic hypotention management
  • Baseline and discharge assessment of patient’s fear of falling with the Modified Falls Efficacy Scale

Discipline Specific Assessment and Interventions:

SKILLED NURSING-Postural Hypotension, Medication, Medication Review and Urinary Incontinence

PHYSICAL THERAPY-Fear of Falling. Strength/Flexibility, Gait/Mobility and OTAGO Exercise Programme

OCCUPATIONALTHERAPY-Home Assessment, Independent Activity of Daily Living/Activities of Daily Living

SPEECH THERAPY-Important for our LTC Patients

Hillcreest will be partenering with encompass on Friday, November 7 at 3:00 pm. Please make plans to join us to learn more about fall Prevention. We look forward to seeing you.

Contact Canyin Barnes-Area Manager with encompass for any questions you may have about Fall Prevention at or call 208-412-1370


7 Steps to Healthy Aging, Happy Aging

seniorsGetting older doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll Have a slew of medical conditions or Poor quality of life.

Getting older involves change, both negative and positive, butyou can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health.

Many different things happen to your body as youage. Your skin, bones, and even brain may start to behave differently. Don’t let the changes that come with old age catch you by suprise.

Here are some of the common ones:

  • Your bones. Bones can become thinner and more brittle in old age, especially in women, sometimes resulting in the fragile bone condition called osteoporosis. Thinning bones and decreasing bone mass can put you at risk that can easily result in broken bones. Be sure to alk with your physician about what you can do to prevent osteoporsis and falls.
  • Your Heart. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can keep your heart healthy, it may become slighly enlarged, your heart rate may lower. and the walls of the heart may thicken.
  • Your brain and nervous system. Getting older can cause changes in your reflexes and even your senses. While dementia is not a normal consequence of old age, it is common for people to experience some slight frgetfulness as they get older. Cells in the brain and nerves can be damaged by the formation of plaques and tangles, abnormalities that could eventually lead to dementia.
  • Your Digestive system. As you age, your digestive tract becomes more firm and rigid, and doesn’t contract as often. Thischange can lead to problems such as constipation, stomach pain, and feelings of nausea; a better diet can help.
  •  Your senses. You may notice that your vision and hearing aren’t quite as sharp as they once were. You may start to loose your sense of taste– flavors may not seem as distinct to you. Your senses of smell and touch may also weaken. Your body is taking longer to react and needs more to stimulate it.
  • Your teeth. The tough enamel that protects your teeth from decay can start to wear away over the years, leaving you susceptible to cavities. Gum disese is also a concern for older adults. Good dental hygiene can protect your teeth and gums. Dry mouth, which is a common side effect of many medications that seniors take, may also be a problem.
  • Your skin. With old age, your skin loses its elasticity and may start to sag and wrinkle. However, the more you protect your skin from sum damage and smoking when you were younger, the better your skin will look as you get older. Start protecting your skin now to prevent further damage, as well as skin cancer.
  • Your sex life. After menopause, when menstruation stops, many women experience physical changes like a loss of vaginal lubrication. Men may experience erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, both problems can be easily treated.

Many bodily changes are a natural part of aging, but they don’t have to slow you down. What’s more, there’s a lot you ccan do to protect your body and keep it as healthy as possible.

Keys to Aging Well

While maintaining your physical health is important to health aging, it’s also key to value the experience and maturity you gain withadvancing years. Practicing healthy habits throughout your life is ideal, but it;s never too late to reap the benefits of taking good care of yourself, even as you get older.

Here are some healthy aging tips that are good advice at any stage of life:

  • Stay physically active with regular exercise.
  • Stay socially active with friends and family and within your community.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet–dump the junk food in favor of fiber-rich, low-fat, and low-cholesterol eating.
  • Don’t neglect yourself: Regular checks-ups with your doctor, dentist, and optometrist are even more important now.
  • Take all medications as directed by your doctor.
  • Limit alchol consumption and cut out smoking.
  • Get the sleep that your body needs.

Finally, taking care of your physical self is vital, but it’s important that you tend to your emotional health as well. Reap the rewards of your long life, and enjoy each and every day. Now is the time to savor good health and happiness.

By Diana Rodrigues medicallally reviewed by Pat F. Bass lll, MD, MPH

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